MUBI, the global distributor, streaming service and production company, has acquired Léa Mysius’s The Five Devils for North America, UK, Ireland, LATAM, India and Turkey. Starring Palme d’Or winner Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color), The Five Devils will receive its World Premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight section. The film will be released theatrically in the US, UK and Ireland followed by an exclusive MUBI streaming release.
Léa Mysius’s first feature, Ava, premiered at Cannes in the Critics’ Week section in 2017. She is also a co-screenwriter of Claire Denis’s The Stars at Noon, receiving its World Premiere in the Main Competition section at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Mysius’ screenwriting work includes collaborations with Arnaud Desplechin (Oh Mercy! and Ismael’s Ghosts), Jacques Audiard (Paris, 13th District), and André Téchiné (Farewell to the Night).
Vicky, a strange and solitary little girl, has a magical gift: she can reproduce any scent she finds, which she bottles in an assortment of carefully labeled jars. One of those scents belongs to her mother, Joanne, to whom Vicky feels an almost obsessive attachment. When the sudden reappearance of her father’s sister, Julia, upends their conservative Alpine village and threatens the family’s sense of domestic bliss, Vicky finds that by reproducing her aunt’s smell, she can traverse a series of increasingly dark and archaic memories that reveal the secrets of her village, her family, and her own existence.
Wild Bunch International is handling international sales and negotiated the deal with MUBI.