Already a name in France, where she twice has been nominated a "most promising actress" in the national Cesar Film Awards, 26-year-old Demoustier has a supporting role in Pascale Ferran's Bird People as a young Parisian chambermaid who turns the head of a visiting American engineer (The Good Wife's Josh Charles). It may scream cultural cliche, but it just might be Demoustier's ticket to cross-border stardom.
Amour Fou, Competition
Thirty-year-old Schnoeink is a virtual unknown even back home in Germany, but she could see her profile raised considerably with this period drama from director JessicaHausner. Her role as HenrietteVogel, German poet Heinrich von Kleist's girlfriend, who killed herself in 1811, promises to be a tour de force. Hausner's films tend to put her actors center stage -- her Lourdes (2009) was an acting master class for Lea Seydoux.
Clouds of Sils Maria, Competition
French dancer/actress Tran, 28, has been building her reputation with supporting roles in films from top French directors -- including Claire Denis' Cannes entry Bastards last year and LucBesson's upcoming action thriller Lucy. Her biggest challenge, in OlivierAssayas' competition title Clouds of Sils Maria, may be to stand out amid a glam-heavy cast that includes JulietteBinoche and KristenStewart.
AndreyZvyagintsev's Leviafan is on every serious critic's must-see list at this year's Cannes. The dark tale is billed as part biblical allegory, part critique of modern-day Russia and already is a Palme d'Or frontrunner. If it can win over the jury, it could prove the springboard to stardom for 33-year-old Lyadova, a Zvyagintsev regular who plays the wife of an embattled auto mechanic and decides with her husband to fight back against a corrupt, small-town mayor.
Ingrid Garcia Jonsson
Beautiful Youth, Un Certain Regard
The topical nature of JaimeRosales' Beautiful Youth -- about Spain's "lost generation" of unemployed hit by the current euro crisis -- combined with its stylistic premise (scripted scenes were shot together with impromptu performances captured on smartphones and webcams) is certain to gather attention. The gimmick likely will generate buzz for 22-year-old GarciaJonsson. Born in Sweden and raised in Spain, she is best known for her comedic work on Swedish television.
Saint Laurent, Un Certain Regard
The 33-year-old Italian dazzled in the 2013 French comedy Another Life and in ValeriaGolino's euthanasia drama Honey. Global recognition for the starlet could come with BertrandBonello's Saint Laurent -- assuming the film wins the battle of the Yves St. Laurent biopics against YSL, which premiered in Berlin.
Wild Tales, Competition
Funny doesn't always translate, but Argentina's Zylberberg, 32, an established sitcom star back home, will be looking to make producers and agents bust a gut while taking in her performance in DamianSzifron's comic thriller Wild Tales, one of the few comedies in competition this year. Wild Tales was produced by PedroAlmodovar, a filmmaker with a strong track record in picking top Hispanic talent, including PenelopeCruz.
Winter Sleep, Competition
Sozen, 29, made a name for herself in Turkish TV dramas, including the hit Subat (a sort of Turkish Beauty and the Beast) and the 2010 crime drama Hunting Season. Now she's caught the eye of NuriBilge Ceylan, whose dramas Three Monkeys (2008) and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) have wowed international critics. The list of Turkish stars who have leaped to Hollywood is short (some might say nonexistent), but Sozen is looking to beat the odds.
Nanna Oland Fabricius
The Salvation, Un Certain Regard
Denmark's OlandFabricius, 29, already has plenty of international name recognition in the music business, where she's better known as electropop artist Oh Land. Her supporting role in KristianLevring's Danish Western The Salvation, alongside Hannibal star MadsMikkelsen, may prove the crossover vehicle she needs to get the film industry to pay attention, too.