On Valerian, a French comic book series from the late 1960s:
"I've read the comic books since I was 10 years old. At the time, it was two pages every Wednesday in a magazine. You basically have to wait six months to read the entire story. In France at the time, there were 2 TV channels, one in black and white, one in color, and the only way to escape were these comics. Probably the first woman I fell in love with was Laureline when I was 10."
On how reading Valerian shaped his filmmaking:
"This kind of comic book built myself. I was living in the countryside, I would open my window and see cows. I wanted to escape, and every Wednesday, it's be Valerian and Laureline and yeah! It's building your imagination, your sense of beauty — it's important, it's almost your main food when you're 10 years old. That and music."
On The Fifth Element:
"Fifth Element was the last film done with old-fashioned special effects; if I had a green screen, I'd have to lock my camera in one place, and they'd put dots on the screen for hours. It was a nightmare. And then six hours later, digital arrived and basically, you can put your camera on your shoulder and they say, 'Oh, we can do it later.' I was like, 'Are you kidding?' I was really frustrated when The Fifth Element came out. I always said to myself, you will avenge one day, and now I avenge."