Cannes: 5 Breakout Stars Set to Make a Splash at This Year's Fest

6:30 AM 5/16/2017

by Rebecca Ford

Every year Cannes gives a major boost to talents on the bubble — these five (OK, technically six) could be this year's darlings.

Ekaterina Samsonov, Numan Acar, Grace Van Patten
Ekaterina Samsonov, Numan Acar, Grace Van Patten
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This story first appeared in the May 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

  • Numan Acar

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    The Turkey-born actor, 42, has shown up on the TV series Homeland and Prison Break, but he could hit the next level for his work opposite Diane Kruger in the competition entry In the Fade as a man who is pushed over the edge by prejudice. Fatih Akin directed the project, which shot in Hamburg and served as Kruger’s first German-language project.

  • Kornel Mundruczo

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    The 42-year-old Hungarian director, who won the Un Certain Regard award in 2014 for White God, cracks the competition lineup with his latest, Jupiter's Moon, which is generating buzz for its original, surreal story about a refugee who discovers he can levitate.

  • Benny and Josh Safdie

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    At 33 and 31, respectively, the brothers Safdie are the youngest directors in the competition lineup with their Robert Pattinson starrer Good Time, a caper film that could cement them as leaders of the next wave of American indies. Their first two features — The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008) and Daddy Longlegs (2009) — both played in Directors' Fortnight. 

  • Ekaterina Samsonov

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    Samsonov, 14, graduates from a successful career as a youth model to actress-to-watch with head-turning performances in two competition films: Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here and Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck.

  • Grace Van Patten

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    After receiving critical acclaim for her starring role in Adam Leon's Tramps, 20-year-old Van Patten is expected to shine as Adam Sandler's aspiring filmmaker daughter in Noah Baumbach's intergenerational tale The Meyerowitz Stories.

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