June and John: Luc Besson’s Lockdown Project (Cannes 2022)

Luc Besson Lockdown Project ‘June and John’ Hitting Market

The French director used the pandemic to work on an experimental, low-budget romance.

June and John is a secret project Besson shot during lockdown, a low-budget experimental romance film that he made independently and self-financed.

The feature marks something of a departure for the director, who shot the film with a young cast and crew, which includes newcomers Luke Stanton Eddy and Matilda Pryce.

Produced by EuropaCorp and Virginie Besson-Silla, who has produced Besson’s last five films, June and John is being introduced to buyers in Cannes by Kinology.

Starring last year’s Palme d’Or winner Caleb Landry Jones (Nitram), DogMan is being billed as Besson’s directorial comeback, his first since 2019’s Anna.

It tells the sprawling story of a child, bruised by life, who grows to find his salvation through the love of his dogs.

The film, which is shooting between France and the U.S., is being produced by Besson via his banner LBP. EuropaCorp, the company that he founded but that is now owned by New York-based Vine Alternative Investments, is co-producing the project.