Five Inspirations: Léa Mysius

The filmmaker shares five inspirations for her time-hopping, witchy second feature, "The Five Devils."

Five Inspirations is a series in which we ask directors to share five things that shaped and informed their work. Léa Mysius's The Five Devils is now showing exclusively on MUBI in many countries in the series The New Auteurs.

Five inspirations for The Five Devils:


The Shining (1980) by Stanley Kubrick

I will always remember the opening scene…


Jonathan Franzen

The character of Patty in Freedom, whom I think of often. 


Deana Lawson's photography

I love her portraits, set in domestic interiors. So modern, tender, and beautiful.


The Tin Drum (1979) by Volker Schlöndorff

The eyes of David Bennent…



James Baldwin

How I love him!

...and a few more inspirations, in general:

The Night of the Hunter (1955) by Charles Laughton: First seen at age two with my twin sister, and on a loop throughout my childhood. It returns to me unconsciously in all of my films.

Dalva by Jim Harrison: One of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. The character of Dalva and his story will always haunt me and my dreams.

Josef Koudelka’s photography: and his black dog, who follows me everywhere.

Memories from childhood and adolescence, and the photos I took: the Médoc, and later Réunion Island…

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