Posted on Friday, April 7th, 2017 by Peter Sciretta
A 4K restoration of Luc Besson‘s The Fifth Element will be returning to movie theaters next month in celebration of its 20th anniversary. And alongside the visionary science fiction film will be an exclusive preview of writer-director Besson’s upcoming film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Find out where, when and how you can attend one of these limited time The Fifth Element rerelease screenings below!
Presented by Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Fifth Element will play in more than 400 cinemas nationwide for two days only: Sunday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 17, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time) each day. The Fifth Element hit theaters on May 7, 1997, so this is technically happening a week after the film’s 20th anniversary. Here’s more:
As an added bonus, the theatrical presentation will also offer audiences a brand-new, exclusive look at Besson’s upcoming film, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which opens in theaters nationwide July 21, 2017. This new film stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as special operatives who must protect the astonishing city of Alpha from a marauding menace that threatens not just the city but the future of the universe. Besson both directed and wrote “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” as he did the enormously influential “The Fifth Element.”
Tickets to The Fifth Element 20th Anniversary screenings can be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Over 400 theaters nationwide will be hosting the screenings. Following its two-day-only theatrical presentation, The Fifth Element will debut on home video in 4K Ultra HD on July 11, 2017.
I have been looking for a reason to revisit The Fifth Element, and this might be the perfect opportunity. It’s brilliant marketing to pair it with a preview of Valerian, too.
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From its opening scenes in 1914 Egypt to its towering views of 23rd Century New York City, and its mind-expanding journey to the faraway world of Fhloston Paradise, “The Fifth Element” follows cab driver Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) as he discovers that the fate of the world is contained within the mysterious Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), who literally drops from the sky and into his life. To save humanity, he must protect her from the evil industrialist Zorg (Gary Oldman), who is embroiled in an intergalactic war between the Mondoshawans and the Mangalores.
The spectacular odyssey across space and time also stars Ian Holm as the mysterious Vito Cornelius, Chris Tucker as hyperactive radio host Ruby Rhod, and Luke Perry as Billy Masterson. Conceived and written by Besson when he was just 16, “The Fifth Element” became a passion project and took more than 20 years to bring to the screen. “The Fifth Element” was nominated for eight César Awards, France’s top cinematic honor, and received three awards, including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.