With the Cannes film festival’s main competition bursting with big-name stars and directors like Quentin Tarantino and Terrence Malick, we pick five rising talents to watch out for at this year’s festival:
1- Camila Morrone’s stand-out performance as a daughter of a opioid-addicted Iraq veteran in “Mickey and the Bear” brings real depth to the US indie film, which is showing in the festival’s ACID section.
2- Mati Diop is the first black African woman to compete for Cannes’ top prize, actress-turned-director Diop comes from Senegalese film royalty.
3- Robert Eggers’ debut film “The Witch” is regarded as a modern horror classic, and the famously obsessive young US director seems to have made no compromises for his second, “The Lighthouse”, which is premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight.
4- Waad al-Kateab is a Syrian documentary maker faced an uphill struggle bringing her film to Cannes.
5- Jessica Hausner is the Austrian director who began as a script assistant on Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games” is the running for the Palme d’Or with her first film in English, “Little Joe”.