Shepard Fairey's Teaser Posters for 'The Lady' Starring Michelle Yeoh
Democracy in Burma! Support Human Rights! I know this is the second post about The Lady we've had today, but these posters are too gorgeous to pass up, as they were designed by none other than Shepard Fairey, of the Obama poster and They Live. Luc Besson's The Lady, which we just featured a teaser trailer for today, stars Michelle Yeoh as real-life Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi, who can be seen on the right side. Suu Kyi was released from house arrest after 21 years last November and Luc Besson quickly, and fairly quietly, made a movie about her starring Yeoh, as seen on the left side poster. Definitely eye-catching!
The Lady, a name for Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, focuses on the choice she had to make about whether to return to England and nurse her husband, who was dying of cancer, or to carry on fighting for democracy in Burma. Burma is controlled by a "military junta" paranoid about her popular support. She was first arrested in 1989 and spent part of the last 21 years as a prisoner in her own home, despite winning an election. The screenplay, written by Rebecca Frayn, was penned after 18 months of interviews with Suu Kyi's relatives and friends. The Lady was quietly directed by French filmmaker Luc Besson (The Big Blue, La Femme Nikita, Leon, Fifth Element, Angel-A, Adèle Blanc-Sec) and is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival next month.