Luc Besson – French filmmaker who knows what audiences like


Luc Besson arrives at his office in Paris’s eighth arrondissement clutching a motorcycle helmet against his belly. Casual in a cotton T-shirt, the French film mogul looks a little tired, his thick tufts of silvery hair – which he likes to gel into spikes – flattened by the ride.

He may still look like a filmmaker on night shoots, but the 50-year-old director-turned-producer (pictured), who has made Hollywood blockbusters such as Leon and The Fifth Element, is also an astute businessman. Mr Besson’s grasp of what audiences want has propelled him to the kind of sustained success many in the film industry only dream of, while Europacorp, his company, has become one of the leading film production houses in Europe.


Directors, International Cinema

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