First stills from The Lady

Luc Besson film about Aung San Suu Kyi stars Michelle Yeoh as the Burmese democracy activist

Yeoh, who met Aung San Suu Kyi after her release from her latest period of house arrest, told the Guardian: ‘You feel a real sense of calm when you’re with her. She’s a very striking ­figure’ Photograph: Vincent Perez /2010 EuropaCorp/Left Bank Pictures/France 2 Cinéma

Michelle Yeoh, who plays Aung San Suu Kyi, said of her meeting with the Burmese pro-democracy leader: ‘The first thing we did is hug and I thought: “you are really skinny, man”‘

Yeoh, pictured here with David Thewlis, who plays Aung San Suu Kyi’s university academic husband

Luc Besson, the film’s director, said Aung San Suu Kyi was ‘more of a heroine than Joan of Arc‘, and hoped the film would get her ongoing fight better known

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