VIRGINIE BESSON-SILLA (Produced by)
was born in Ottawa, Canada, to a family of diplomats
and spent her childhood traveling the world, from
Mali and Senegal to the United States and France.
After graduating from The American University
of Paris with a degree in business administration,
Besson-Silla sought her first job in the field she loved
more than any: cinema.
In 1994, Besson-Silla began working for Patrice
Ledoux, general director of Gaumont Film Company,
where she saw Luc Besson's The Fifth Element through
to the release, followed by Besson's The Messenger:
The Story of Joan of Arc.
In 1999, Besson founded EuropaCorp and
offered Besson-Silla a position in the venture. She
accepted and produced her first film, Yamakasi-
Les samourais des temps modernes, a year later.
Yamakasi-Les samourais des temps modernes
debuted to huge success and earned more than
$27 million in its box-office run.
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