LUC BESSON, born 18 March 1959, is the most famous French film director and producer: «The Big Blue» (Le Grand Bleu), «The Professional» (Léon), «The Fifth Element», «Lucy», «Nikita», etc.
His parents were both scuba diving instructors. This had a profound influence on his childhood. He spent much of his youth traveling with his parents to tourist resorts in Italy, Yugoslavia and Greece. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of Le grand bleu (1988) and Le cinquième élément (1997), as an adolescent bored in school. At the age of 17, he realized that film was a medium which he could combine all his interests in various arts together.