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Cannes Film Festival 2019: Five rising stars to look out for

The international film festival kicks off today and runs until May 25

Camila Morrone stars in 'Mickey and the Bear', which will screen at the Cannes Film Festival. Getty Images  
Camila Morrone stars in 'Mickey and the Bear', which will screen at the Cannes Film Festival. Getty Images  

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 event.

Camila Morrone

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 an 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 (Association for the Distribution of Independent Cinema) section.

Morrone, 21, has not picked her acting talent – nor her looks – up off the ground. Both her parents were models and her mother Lucila Sola is a television star in Buenos Aires.

Mati Diop

 Mati Diop. Getty 
Mati Diop. Getty

The first black African woman to compete for Cannes' top prize, actress-turned-director Diop comes from Senegalese film royalty.

She is the niece of Djibril Diop Mambety, the pioneering maker of Touki Bouki, a 1973 film premiered at Cannes which went on to inspire Beyonce and Jay-Z.

The pop power couple referenced the movie, in the form of the bull-horn handlebars of its heroes' motorbike, in the poster for their 2014 tour On The Run II.

French-born Diop, 36, the daughter of musician Wasis Diop, has already made a documentary about her uncle's ground-breaking story about a couple who try to ride their bike all the way to France.

Now she is making history herself, she told the Hollywood Reporter she feels a "mixture of apprehension and joy ... What I represent exceeds me and doesn't belong to me."

Her film, Atlantics, is also about a group of construction workers who decide to leave Senegal for a better life in Europe.

Robert Eggers

Director/writer Robert Eggers poses for a portrait to promote the film, "The Witch", at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
Director and writer Robert Eggers. AP

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 film "set in the world of old sea-faring myths".

Waad al-Kateab

'For Sama' director Waad al-Kateab. Photo credit: Zahed Katurji
'For Sama' director Waad al-Kateab. Photo credit: Zahed Katurji

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.

Jessica Hausner

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 13: Jury member Jessica Hausner attends the Jury Un Certain Regard photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 13, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Jessica Hausner in Cannes, France in 2016. Getty

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.

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.

Updated: May 14, 2019 02:27 PM

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