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The Fifth Element

The Fifth Element

A Feature film by Luc Besson

Produced by Gaumont

Release in France : 07/05/1997

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In the twenty-third century, the universe is threatened by evil. The only hope for mankind is the Fifth Element, who comes to Earth every five thousand years to protect the humans with four stones of the four elements: fire, water, Earth and air. A Mondoshawan spacecraft is bringing The Fifth Element back to Earth but it is destroyed by the evil Mangalores. However, a team of scientists use the DNA of the remains of the Fifth Element to rebuild the perfect being called Leeloo. She escapes from the laboratory and stumbles upon the taxi driver and former elite commando major Korben Dallas that helps her to escape from the police. Leeloo tells him that she must meet Father Vito Cornelius to accomplish her mission. Meanwhile, the Evil uses the greedy and cruel Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg and a team of mercenary Mangalores to retrieve the stones and avoid the protection of Leeloo. But the skilled Korben Dallas has fallen in love with Leeloo and decides to help her to retrieve the stones.

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"I started writing a novel when I was 16. I didn't think about turning it into a movie until much later. In fact, it came to me little by little. "The Fifth Element" is certainly the movie of mine that is the furthest from reality : it was my wildest project, I wanted to make a film that was pure entertainment. But you never really work for a particular audience, you simply hope that an audience will be charmed, touched and moved, the size doesn't really matter. For "The last Battle", for example, there was a relatively low audience - but a very happy one; for "The Big Blue", the audience was much, much larger and people were just as happy; even if they weren't the same ones ! "The Fifth Element" is a real invitation to travel, to get away from it all. I believe you have to feel the need, to really want to, and that you have to be in that frame of mind to fully enjoy the film." (Luc Besson)



The Fifth Element

Official Trailer

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Full credits (16)

Executive Producer :

Patrice Ledoux

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen

Foreign Producer :

Iain Smith

Director of Photography :

Thierry Arbogast

Sound Assistant :

Jean-Marie Blondel

Press Attaché (film) :

Isabelle Sauvanon

Assistant Editor :

Yann Hervé

Music Composer :

Éric Serra

Assistant directors :

Pascal Chaumeil, Franck Lebreton, Frédéric Garson

Producer :

Patrice Ledoux

Co-producer :

Iain Smith

Sound Recordist :

Daniel Brisseau

Assistant Operator :

Sophie Bosquet

Editor :

Sylvie Landra

Production Designer :

Dan Weil

Costume designer :

Jean-Paul Gaultier

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Feature film

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Science fiction

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100% French (France)

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2 h 6 min

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Posters (7)


News (18)

Festival Selections (4)

Academy Awards - 1998

Academy Awards (United States, 1998)


Oscar Nomination in the Best Editing category

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)

Selection (8)

Best Costume Design : Jean-Paul Gaultier

Best Sound : Daniel Brisseau

Best Production Design : Dan Weil

Best Cinematography : Thierry Arbogast

Best Editing : Sylvie Landra

Best Original Music : Éric Serra

Best Director : Luc Besson

Best Film

Lumiere Awards - 1998

Lumiere Awards (France, 1998)


French Films

Cannes International Film Festival - 1997

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1997)


Out of Competition

Awards (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)

Awards (3)

César Award for Best Director : Luc Besson

César Award for Best Cinematography : Thierry Arbogast

César Award for Best Production Design : Dan Weil

Lumiere Awards - 1998

Lumiere Awards (France, 1998)


Meilleur réalisateur : Luc Besson

Delegations (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)

Team (3)

Director of photography : Thierry Arbogast

Production designer : Dan Weil

Director : Luc Besson

Lumiere Awards - 1998

Lumiere Awards (France, 1998)


Director : Luc Besson