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The first clapperboard is set to slam on Léa Mysius’s Les Cinq Diables

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- Produced by Trois Brigands and F comme Film and sold by Wild Bunch, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Noée Abita and Moustapha Mbengue lead the cast of this second feature film by the director of Ava

The first clapperboard is set to slam on Léa Mysius’s Les Cinq Diables
Actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos and Noée Abita and actor Moustapha Mbengue

On 16 March, in Bourg-d'Oisans, the first clapperboard will slam on Les Cinq Diables, the second feature film by Léa Mysius following on from Ava [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Léa Mysius
film profile
]
(the winner of the SACD Award during Cannes’ Critics’ Week 2017, which earned itself nominations for Best First Film at the Louis-Delluc Awards and Best Supporting Actress at the 2018 Césars, as well as enjoying wide circulation in international festivals and scooping awards in Stockholm and Palm Springs to name but two).

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Leading the cast are Adèle Exarchopoulos (whom we’ll be seeing in French cinemas as of 20 May in Mandibules and on 16 December in BAC Nord, and who’ll take part in the second round of filming on Carpe Diem once she’s finished with Les Cinq Diables), Noée Abita (revealed in Ava, remarked upon in Sink Or Swim [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
, currently in cinemas in My Days of Glory [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Antoine de Bary
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]
and soon to be seen in Slalom) and Senegalese actor Moustapha Mbengue (who played the titular role in Amin [+see also:
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interview: Philippe Faucon
film profile
]
).

Written by the director (nominated for the 2020 Best Adapted Screenplay César for Oh Mercy! [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Arnaud Desplechin
film profile
]
and also the co-writer of Ismael’s Ghosts [+see also:
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trailer
Q&A: Arnaud Desplechin
film profile
]
, Samouni Road [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Stefano Savona
film profile
]
, Farewell to the Night [+see also:
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trailer
interview: André Téchiné
film profile
]
and the upcoming The Stars at Noon by Claire Denis) and Paul Guilhaume (who previously helped out in the writing of Ava), the story centres around Vicky, a 7-year-old girl, who lives with her two parents in a small mountain village in France, bordering a huge lake known as "Les Cinq Diables" (The Five Devils). This little girl is very close to her mother, to the point that her father struggles to find a place for himself in the family circle. But the arrival of Julia, Vicky’s aunt, will disrupt their intimate bond.

Produced by Fanny Yvonnet on behalf of Trois Brigands Productions and by Jean-Louis Livi for F comme Film (a duo who have already worked with the director, on Ava), Les Cinq Diables is co-produced by Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma (and also enjoys production support from the region). The film has been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, and enjoys the support of the Ile-de-France region. The film shoot will unfold in Isère between 16 March and 10 April, before resuming in the Paris region until 19 May, with Paul Guilhaume (whose back catalogue includes Ava, but also Heroes Don’t Die [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Aude Léa Rapin
film profile
]
and Treat Me Like Fire [+see also:
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interview: Marie Monge
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]
, not to mention the documentaries Adolescentes [+see also:
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]
and Little Girl [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Sébastien Lifshitz
film profile
]
) as director of photography. Distribution in France will be entrusted to Le Pacte, while international sales fall to Wild Bunch.

For the record, F comme Film recently produced Night Shift [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Anne Fontaine
film profile
]
by Anne Fontaine (screened out of competition in Berlin and due to be released in France on 1 April), the majority British feature film The Father by Florian Zeller (unveiled in January in the Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival) and the majority Spanish title Remember Me [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Martín Rosete
film profile
]
by Martin Rosete (hitting French cinemas on 1 July).

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(Translated from French)

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