The Five DevilsFrance, 2022
Lea Mysius follows her celebrated directorial debut AVA with a sensitive, surreal, spellbinding second feature about motherhood and repressed love.
Vicky, a strange and solitary little girl, has a magical gift: she can reproduce any scent she likes, and collects them in a series of carefully labelled jars. She has secretly captured the scent of Joanne, her mother for whom she nurtures a wild, excessive love. When her father’s sister Julia bursts into their life, Vicky reproduces her smell and is transported into dark and archaic memories which lead her to uncover the secrets of her village, her family and her own existence.
Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2022
Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival 2022
Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival 2022
Denver International Film Festival 2022
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2022
Göteborg Film Festival 2022
BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival 2023
French screenwriter and director Léa Mysius was born in 1989. Her feature debut AVA received the SACD Award after screening in Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2017. Notable writing credits include Arnaud Desplechin’s OH MERCY! AND ISMAEL’S GHOSTS, André Téchiné’s FAREWELL TO THE NIGHT, Jacques Audiard’s PARIS, 13TH DISTRICT, and Claire Denis’ STARS AT NOON, which screened in Official Competition in Cannes in 2022.
press for The Five Devils
"A thorny exploration of how individuals’ personal ordeals can quickly merge into an impenetrable thicket of irreparable relationships."- Slant Magazine
"THE FIVE DEVILS seeks to expose the truth while covering topics that manage to make sincere, magical realist cinema with a message that the things we want will come to us, but only when we’re ready."- Deadline
Narrative / Romance / LGBTQ+ / Woman Director / First Feature / DramaFrench | English Subtitles
Winner, Cinema Extraordinaire, Bergen International Film Festival 2022
Winner, Dublin Film Critics Award Best Director, Dublin International Film Festival 2023
Winner, Honorable Mention Representation in Genre Film, Philadelphia Film Festival 2022