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Mystic, maiden, martyr—whatever you choose to call her, it is difficult to dispute that Joan of Arc led a remarkably accomplished life for a peasant girl who never went to school... and never saw her 20th birthday.

At 17, she delivered an extraordinary message to her Dauphin and, two months later, led her army to victory over the English at Orleans. At 18, she was captured and sold to her most hated enemies. At 19, she was declared a witch and burned at the stake.

Twenty-five years later, she was pronounced innocent. In 1920, she was canonized a saint, cemented into icon status, assured to be a subject of passionate debate forever.

It all began in 1429, when a teenage girl from a remote village in France stood before the world and announced she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country. As this small voice in the heart of a simple girl grew stronger, rulers were drawn to listen, armies were empowered to fight and her countrymen were inspired to believe.

From internationally acclaimed director Luc Besson and an all-star cast led by Milla Jovovich as Joan, two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman as The Conscience, two-time Oscar nominee John Malkovich as King Charles VII and Oscar winner Faye Dunaway as Yolande D'Aragon, comes the THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC, about a woman who followed her own path and changed the course of history.

The stellar cast also includes Pascal Greggory, Vincent Cassel, Tchecky Karyo, Richard Ridings and Desmond Harrington.

A year in the making, THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC is one of the most visually stunning and staggeringly authentic representations of this extraordinary story ever put on film, packed with the kind of sumptuous and eye- popping images that can only be a product of the mind and camera of Luc Besson.

One of today's most provocative and acclaimed filmmakers, Besson has captured the imaginations of moviegoers worldwide. The unique, highly inventive visual style that he brought to the critically-acclaimed thriller The Professional, the exotic undersea adventure The Big Blue, the new wave thriller Subway, the seminal action film La Femme Nikita and the blockbuster futuristic action film The Fifth Element, he now puts to work to bring a classic French tale to life.

THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC is a Columbia Pictures/Gaumont presentation directed by Luc Besson from a screenplay by Andrew Birkin and Besson. Patrice Ledoux is producer. Director of photography Thierry Arbogast, production designer Hugues Tissandier and costume designer Catherine Leterrier faithfully recreate the look and feel of France in the early 15th century. The film is edited by Sylvie Landra, and Eric Serra composed the music.

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