gets a new look !

gets a new look !

gets a new look !

By continuing to use this website, you agree to the use of cookies in order to offer you content and services that are tailored to your interests.

[Find out more][OK]
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

A Feature film by Luc Besson

Produced by Gaumont

Release in France : 27/10/1999

  • Contents

Actors (17)

Production and distribution (3)

Film exports/foreign sales :


Box Office: Total results

Box office: Timeline

International releases (38)

CountryDistributorBuyerRelease date

Show more

Show less

Sorry, your search returned no results.

TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

TV broadcasts: details by country


Young Joan of Arc is a particularly pious child. Her childhood in the village of Domrémy was quiet until the English pillaged it. Her certainty that she is receiving divine messages is reinforced by frequent confessions and conversations with the clergy. She is thus determined to follow the voices spurring her to deliver France from English domination.


"At first, I didn't know much about Joan of Arc. I had a stereotyped, classic image of her that wasn't very interesting. Then I took a closer look at her story out of curiosity, and it really read like a thriller – there are so many gaps, uncertainties and also errors that you start playing Sherlock Holmes in order to figure things out. In the fifteenth century, aged 19, this young woman had such conviction, had such a career, had such an incredible destiny that I was truly impressed. It's amazing to realize that she was sentenced as a heretic and made a saint. And it's interesting to realize that she could only be one or the other, as though she had no right to be normal, as though those two extremes were linked by an invisible thread."

Luc Besson – Director, excerpt from the press folder


Photos (2)

Full credits (10)

Executive Producer :

Patrice Ledoux

Director of Photography :

Thierry Arbogast

Production Manager :

Bernard Grenet

Editor :

Sylvie Landra

Music Composer :

Éric Serra

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Andrew Birkin, Luc Besson

Sound recordists :

Vincent Tulli, François Groult, Bruno Tarrière, Ken Yasumoto

Press Attachés (film) :

Isabelle Sauvanon, Nathalie Lambert

Production Designer :

Hugues Tissandier

Costume designers :

Catherine Leterrier, Joséphine Gracia

Technical details

Feature film

Genres :


Production language :


Production country :


Original French-language productions :


Nationality :

100% French (France)

Production year :


French release :


Runtime :

2 h 40 min

Current status :


Visa number :


Visa issue date :


Approval :


Production formats :


Color type :


Posters (1)


News (2)

Festival Selections (3)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

Selection (8)

Best Film

Best Costume Design : Catherine Leterrier

Best Sound : François Groult, Bruno Tarrière, Vincent Tulli

Best Production Design : Hugues Tissandier

Best Cinematography : Thierry Arbogast

Best Editing : Sylvie Landra

Best Original Music : Éric Serra

Best Director : Luc Besson

Lumiere Awards - 2000

Lumiere Awards (France, 2000)


French Films

Tokyo - International Film Festival - 1999

Tokyo - International Film Festival (Japan, 1999)


Special Screenings

Awards (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

Awards (4)

César award for best costume design : Catherine Leterrier

César award for best sound : Vincent Tulli

César award for best sound : François Groult

César award for best sound : Bruno Tarrière

Lumiere Awards - 2000

Lumiere Awards (France, 2000)

Awards (2)

Meilleur réalisateur : Luc Besson

Meilleur Film

Delegations (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

Team (4)

Sound recordist : Bruno Tarrière

Sound recordist : François Groult

Sound recordist : Vincent Tulli

Costume designer : Catherine Leterrier