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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

    Synopsis

    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.

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    Subject

    "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

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    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 :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    English

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    1999

    French release :

    27/10/1999

    Runtime :

    2 h 40 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    94.742

    Visa issue date :

    29/10/1999

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Posters (1)

    Director

    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)

    Selection

    French Films

    Tokyo - International Film Festival - 1999

    Tokyo - International Film Festival (Japan, 1999)

    Selection

    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

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