One to watch Judith Chemla, star of A Womans Life. Photograph: Startraks Photo/ Rex/ Shutterstock
Also from France, Judith Chemla is the lead in Stphane Brizs A Womans Life, a fine adaptation of the Guy de Maupassant novel; Chemla shines as a hopeful ingenue, glowers movingly as a mature woman who loses her illusions one by one. Expect her to be a very visible art-house figure in years to come along with Paula Beer, German star of Frantz, a very elegant black-and-white melodrama from hyper-prolific Franois Ozon. Set in Germany after the first world war, its about a young womans encounter with a Frenchman who knew her fiance, killed in combat. Throughout, Beers quiet intensity is mesmerising.