By Peter Knegt | Indiewire May 15, 2012 at 1:24PM
Tye Sheridan ("Mud")
Why You May Know Him: The teenage actor made his acting debut as Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain's middle child in last year's Palme d'Or winner, "The Tree of Life,."
What Cannes Could Mean For Him: The 15-year-old Texan has a significant role in Jeff Nichols' "Mud," where he plays opposite Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon as a boy who helps shelter a fugitive (McConaughey). Along with aforementioned "Moonrise" stars Gilman and Hayward, Sheridan is one of a trio of teenaged Americans who could be the talk of Cannes.
What's Next? Sheridan doesn't have anything officially in the works, but in this interview with Indiewire last year, he said he hopes to work with Malick again.
Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur ("Beyond The Hills")
Why You May Know Them: Unless you know them personally, you probably haven't heard of the Romanian actresses, who have the lead roles in Cristian Mungiu's "Beyond The Hills."
What Cannes Could Mean For Them: Playing two young women who grew up in the same orphanage, Stratan and Flutur could follow in the footsteps of Anamaria Marinca and Laura Vasiliu, who broke out thanks to Mingiu's previous film, Palme d'Or winner "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days."
What's Next? Neither have booked their next roles.
Rin Takanashi ("Like Someone in Love")
Why You May Know Her: The 24-year-old Japanese actress and former teen model starred in the 2007 film adaptation of the Japanese novel "Goth," and starred in the popular (in Japan) "Super Sentai' film series as Mako Shiraishi/Shinken Pink.
What Cannes Could Mean For Her: Though she already has a Japanese fan base, her starring role in Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's Japanese language drama could give her notice all around the world.
What's Next? Takanashi seems to be getting plenty of work in Japan, including roles in currently airing television series "D x Town" and "O-Parts."