; born 18 March 1959) is a French film director, screenwriter, and producer.
In the early 1980s, Besson met Éric Serra and asked him to compose the score for his first short film, L'Avant dernier.
"Because it's becoming increasingly difficult to break into this field, we have developed a psychological armor and are ready to do anything in order to work", he added in this same interview.
"I think our ardor alone is going to shake the pillars of the moviemaking establishment." "When the film had its premiere on opening night at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, it was mercilessly drubbed, but no matter; it was a smash," observed the International Herald Tribune in a 2007 profile of Besson.
Out of boredom, Besson started writing stories, including the background to what he later developed as The Fifth Element (1997), one of his most popular movies. There he took odd jobs in film to get a feel for the industry.
He worked as an assistant to directors including Claude Faraldo and Patrick Grandperret.
He wrote that Besson dramatizes the struggle of his characters "as a conscientious resistance to human degradation".