The Lady, directed by Luc Besson and produced by Andy Harries has been listed in Variety Magazine’s European Overview of Toronto Film Festival:
The Lady (France / UK)
â€œGallic helmer and EuropaCorp majordomo Luc Besson ventures into new territory withn his latest feature. Titled â€˜The Lady’, the French-Anglo co-prod is a study of long-imprisoned Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, played by Malaysian-born H.L star Michelle Yeoh (best known to Western auds for her martial arts prowess).
Based on interviews conducted over more than 18 months by scribe Rebecca Frayn after she and her husband, producer Andy Harries, first visited Burma (now known as Myanmar) in the early 1990s, a dragt of the script found its way to the star, who immediately adopted it as a personal project, enlisting EuropaCorp to finance and Besson to direct.
The title comes from the nickname by which Suu Kyi is known to her country’s people, who are banned from speaking her real name aloud. Yeoh traveled to Myanmar to meet with the pro-democracy activist shortly after her Nov. 2010 release from an almost 15-year term of house arrest. In doing so, it seems, she earned her the enmity of the Burmese junta, who in June of this year deported her from the country, claiming she was now blacklisted.
Filming was divided between Oxford and Bangkok, with production duties split between EuropaCorp and Harries’ own shingle, Left Bank Pictures.â€