On Monday, the world will see a new side of Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) when he unveils his latest film, The Lady. The movie explores the life of Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh), the Burmese opposition politician who spent more than a decade under house arrest, and her husband, Michael Aris (David Thewlis). While shooting the movie, news broke that the house arrest had been lifted and Yeoh tried visit her; but the actress was deported from Burma because of her upcoming portrayal. “I was deeply inspired and touched by Aung San Suu Kyi’s personal story and her ongoing fight for democracy,” Besson said in a statement. “[I] hope that through this film her cause and voice will be better known and shared with audiences around the world."
The Lady premieres on Monday, Sept.12 at Roy Thomson Hall at 9:30 pm.