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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021: #59. Léa Mysius’ Les cinq diables

Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021: #59. Léa Mysius’ Les cinq diables

Les cinq diables

France’s Léa Mysius continues her ascension with her sophomore directorial project Les cinq diables. Starring Adele Exarchopoulos, Moustapha Mbengue and reteaming with actress Noée Abita from her 2017 debut Ava, the project is produced through her Trois Brigands Productions and F for Film. Mysius also reunites with her writer and DP Paul Guilhaume on the project. Mysius’ feature debut Ava played in Cannes Critics’ Week in 2017, winning the SACD Prize. She’s also written the screenplays for Arnaud Desplechin’s Ismael’s Ghosts (2017) and Oh, Mercy! (2019) as well as Andre Techine’s Farewell to the Night (2019). In addition to this sophomore project, Mysius has also scripted Paris, 13th District for Jacques Audiard (co-written by Celine Sciamma) and has co-scribed the adaptation of Denis Johnson’s The Stars at Noon for Claire Denis, currently pushed back due to the pandemic.

Gist: Seven-year-old Vicky lives with her mother Joanne and father Jimmie, a man struggling to find his place. When Vicky’s aunt Julia arrives after being released from prison, her presence brings back the past in a violent, magical way.

Release Date/Prediction: Mysius was all set to begin production in March 2020 before the pandemic hit. Shooting has been delayed until early 2021 in Grenoble, which means if completed in time we could expect to see Mysius ready for the fourth quarter and potentially hit Venice 2021.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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