For tonight's opening was THE LADY, the latest film from legendary director Luc Besson, whose films LE FEMME NIKITA, LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL, THE FIFTH ELEMENT, and THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC. have entertained audiences world wide. With his new film, Besson tells the story of political/civil rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoth from CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA) as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement. The film is a powerful and gripping story about love, sacrifice and the power to change the world for the better.
|Michelle Yeoth as Aung San Suu Kyi in THE LADY|
Director Besson continues his streak of creating strong, independent women who challenge the status quo of females portrayed in modern cinema. Yeoth is just absolutely amazing in the film; giving an outstanding performance as Aung San Suu Kyi. One has to wonder if she will be nominated for this role at the Academy Awards show next year. Also give credit to Thewliss for bringing life to Micheal on screen and showing us his undying devotion to his wife and to her cause. He stood by her, even when things looked bleak and when he was denied traveling to be by her side near the end. Besson's directing is sharp, precise, engaging and thought-provoking. A great film to start of Cinequest 22!
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