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Five rising stars to watch for at Cannes film festival


Actress Mati Diop poses for a portrait during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Getty Images Portrait Studio at T-Mobile Village at the Lift in Park City, Utah.

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With the Cannes film festival’s main competition bursting with big-name stars and directors like Quentin Tarantino and Terrence Malick, here are five rising talents to watch out for at this year’s festival:


Up to now she may be best known as Leonardo DiCaprio’s impossibly glamorous girlfriend, but the Argentinian model is about to make a name for herself as an actress to be reckoned with.

Her 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.

Morrone, 21, has not picked her acting talent — nor her looks — up off the ground. Both her parents were models and her mother Lucia Sola is a television star in Buenos Aires, although the 43-year-old is probably best known as Al Pacino’s erstwhile partner.

The pair are no longer together — the 75-year-old Pacino having taken up with a younger actress last year. Morrone had regarded him as her “stepfather” during their nine years her mother and Pacino were together.

The two will be reunited on the Cannes red carpet with Pacino starring in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.


His 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.

Conditions on the set were so harsh, according to Robert Pattinson, who heads the cast alongside Willem Dafoe, that it was the “closest I’ve come to punching a director,” the actor admitted.

An exhausted Pattinson described how he remonstrated with Eggers after he had to do one take five times on a freezing Nova Scotia beach.

“I feel like you’re just spraying a fire hose in my face,” he told the director.

“And he was like, ‘I was spraying a fire hose in your face.’ It was like some kind of torture,” said Pattinson.

The pair are still firm friends, however, with the star sworn to silence on the plot of the historical black-and-white horror “set in the world of old sea-faring myths”.


The Syrian documentary maker faced an uphill struggle bringing her film to Cannes.

For Sama records five years of al-Kateab’s own life as an aspiring journalist in her besieged hometown of Aleppo, marrying one of the last doctors in the city and giving birth to her daughter, to whom the film is dedicated.

The documentary is a kind of letter to the little girl, explaining how she was born into the conflict and what happened to her home.

Al-Kateab, who now lives in London, won an Emmy award in 2017 for her films from inside Aleppo for Britain’s Channel 4 News, which are believed to be the most watched of any reports from the war. Her shocking footage of the struggle to save babies and children in the city’s final hospital — in which she ended up living — brought home the horror inflicted on civilians.


The Austrian director who wrote Michael Haneke’s Funny Games is the running for the Palme d’Or with her first film in English, Little Joe.

This science-based chiller with Ben Whishaw, Emily Beecham and Kerry Fox about a genetically engineered plant which affects every living creature it comes into contact with could well be her break-out film.

After making her Cannes debut with Lovely Rita way back in 2001, Hausner, now 46, has slowly built a glowing reputation with a handful of films such as Hotel, Amour Fou and Lourdes, which picked up four prizes at Venice in 2009.

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