White Wall Cinema's Socially Distanced Winter Screen presents
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16TH
WOMEN IN HISTORY WEDNESDAYS
THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC (1999)
DIRECTOR: Luc Besson
STARRING: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Faye Dunaway and Dustin Hoffman.
(Please note: this is a rescheduling from a previous date, original tickets remain valid).
Luc Besson director of Leon, The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita and more, tells one of the definitive stories in French history of a teenage girl from a remote village in France who after being the recipient of a 'divine vision' embarks upon a journey to defeat the world's greatest army and liberate France. A lesson in French history and politics that contains actual dialogue from historical transcripts, Besson is also not afraid to push past the literal to create a highly cinematic mood that encapsulates the enormity of this remarkable true story that beggars belief. Despite being one of the few (importantly) French directors to tackle the story Besson still manages to attract a heavyweight international cast that features the likes of John Malkovich, Faye Dunaway and Dustin Hoffman, not to mention Milla Jovovich's supremely dedicated performance as she brings an astonishing intensity to the screen in this sadly overlooked career best. Largely made with practical effects (CGI still being in it's infancy) Besson's stylish grand vision of France's most important female historical figure is both awe inspiring to look at as well as informative and thought provoking in it's fresh perspective on this most astonishing of stories.
*Please note - doors open at 7pm in advance of screening times in order to give patrons extra time to enjoy safely purchase food & drink, enjoy our outside space / beer garden, take a look at our archive movie store and to allow gradual entry to your seats in a safe and easy way. Please try to allow extra time to get seated prior to the performance start time of 7.25pm. For more information about screenings and the venue please visit our Venue & Screenings Info page.
DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS
Please do not attend the screening if you are unwell or have symptoms of Covid-19. If you have bought tickets and can no longer attend as a result of Coronavirus we will happily swap your tickets for a future event of your choice, once you have finished self isolating. For more on this and our Covid-19 safety measures please visit our Covid-19 Info page.