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Valerian exhibition at the Angoulême International Comics Festival

  • 27.01.2017

As part of the Angoulême International Comics Festival from 26 to 29 January, BNP Paribas is sponsoring the exhibition “Valérian, de la case à l’écran” (“Valerian, from panel to screen”). An opportunity to discover the original drawings of the cult science-fiction series by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin and see what went on behind the scenes of Luc Besson’s latest production due for release in French cinemas on 26 July.

Film-making meets comics

On the occasion of the 44th Angoulême International Comics Festival, “Valerian, from panel to screen” compares the angles of film-makers and comic artists. 

The programme includes exclusive contents from the filmValerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” directed by Luc Besson, in partnership with BNP Paribas: extracts, costumes, décor items, production accessories... plus 35 to 40 drawings or panels from the original work by Jean-Claude Mezières and Pierre Christin will be exhibited.

Drawing parallels between the comic strip and its transfer to the screen.

© 2016 VALERIAN SAS – TF1 FILMS PRODUCTION


During the four days of the Festival, visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to go to the Photocall "Valerian by BNP Paribas" and take their photo on Valerian's and Laureline's spaceship, the Intruder.

Accompanying this exhibition is part of the partnership that BNP Paribas has linked with the film "Valerian and the City of the Thousand Planets" and which allows the Bank to offer all its publics exclusive and innovative experiences throughout the stages of the creation of the film, until its release on July 26, 2017.

50 years of intergalactic travel

It was in 1967 that Jean-Claude Mezières and his childhood friend Pierre Christin created the characters Valerian and Laureline for Pilote magazine. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the two spatio-temporal agents’ adventures on board their vessel chartered by Galaxity, which have been collected in a series of 23 volumes translated into some twenty languages.

Valerian is a bold and visionary space opera that became a reference in science fiction and a source of inspiration for film-makers.

© Mézières/Christin – Dargaud 2016