Subway (1985), The Big Blue (1988) and Nikita (1990) are all considered to be of this stylistic school.The term was coined by critic Raphaël Bassan in a 1989 essay in La Revue du Cinema n° 449.Besson won Best Director and Best French Director for his film The Fifth Element (1997).He was nominated for Best Director and Best Picture César Awards for his films Léon: The Professional (1994) and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)."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.; born 18 March 1959) is a French film director, screenwriter, and producer.He directed or produced the films Subway (1985), The Big Blue (1988), and Nikita (1990).
Besson, along with most of the filmmakers so categorized, was uncomfortable with the label, particularly in light of the achievements of their forebears: France's New Wave.I wanted to prove that I could do something, so I made a short film.That was in fact my main concern, to be able to show that I could do one." He reportedly worked on the first drafts of Le Grand Bleu while still in his teens."Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut were rebelling against existing cultural values and used cinema as a means of expression simply because it was the most avant-garde medium at the time," said Besson in a 1985 interview in The New York Times."Today, the revolution is occurring entirely within the industry and is led by people who want to change the look of movies by making them better, more convincing and pleasurable to watch.