Cannes Film Festival: 4 talents under 40 to watch

Austin Butler

He will lend his features to the “King”: at just 30 years old, the American Austin Butler will have the title role in the biopic event of the Australian Baz Luhrmann, “Elvis”. Actor, singer and model, Austin Butler, who has been starring in Disney series since his teens, is one of Hollywood’s rising stars.

Latest evidence? His very noticeable appearance at the Met Gala, where he caused a sensation on the arm of model Kaia Gerber. In addition to series, he has appeared in a dozen films, including “Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood” by Quentin Tarantino and “The Dead Don’t Lie” by Jim Jarmusch.

Lola Quivoron

It is one of the most anticipated films of this 75th edition and it is carried by an unknown person. At 31, filmmaker Lola Quivoron will present, out of competition, “Rodeo”, her first feature film. But beware, the general delegate Thierry Frémaux had warned, there will be no question of the urban rodeos which regularly make the headlines in the French suburbs.

The film features Julia, a young marginalized woman passionate about motorcycling, who will infiltrate a band of “cross bitumen” enthusiasts. Originally from the suburbs of Paris, the filmmaker was trained at the prestigious film school, La Fémis. Spotted for her short film “Au Loin Baltimore”, selected in 2016 at the Locarno Festival, she has directed 4 short films. All shot in the suburbs of Paris.

Saeed Roustaee

After Abbas Kiarostami (Palme d’Or in 1997 with “The Taste of Cherry”), Jafar Panahi and Asghar Farhadi, is the Iranian next generation called Saeed Roustaee? Revealed to the general public with “La loi de Tehran”, a breathless thriller against the backdrop of an Iranian society ravaged by crack consumption, it arrives in Cannes directly in competition with “Leila’s brothers”.

Filmed in the popular neighborhoods of Tehran, the film tells the story of a father who hid a few gold coins during an economic crisis. Only Leila, his daughter, knows the hiding place. But his brothers are desperate for these coins to solve their economic problems.

Born in August 1989 in a popular district of Tehran, the filmmaker belongs to the new guard of Iranian filmmakers. On his style, he claims a “social commitment to the class in which” he lives, he told the daily “Shargh”, adding that in his films, “nothing is symbolic”.

Jesse Eisenberg

His interpretation of Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network” (2010) made him a star: at 38, Jesse Eisenberg, equally at ease in blockbusters like “Zombieland” or “Batman v Superman” by Zack Snyder than in more intimate films like “Vivarium” by Lorcan Finnegan, will present his first feature film “When You Finish Saving The World”, in a parallel section.

In the program ? The explosive relationship between a politically engaged mother and her musician son in search of social media stardom, starring Julianne Moore.

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Cannes Film Festival: 4 talents under 40 to watch