Angelina Jolie with Luis Moreno Ocampo
05/19/2009 at 05:00 PM EDT
Before heading to the glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival in France, Angelina Jolie
spent Tuesday in a courtroom in The Hague in the Netherlands watching the prosecution of warlord Thomas Lubanga, calling it "a landmark trial for children."
At one point, Jolie found herself under the watchful eye of Lubanga, the founder and former leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots, who allegedly recruited and used child soldiers, according to the Associated Press. "After watching the proceedings from the viewing booth, I stood up and found Thomas Lubanga Dyilo looking at me," said the actress.
"I imagined how difficult it must be for all the brave young children who have come to testify against him," said Jolie in a statement given to the International Criminal Court
After meeting with the ICC's chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Jolie headed to Cannes, where she plans to walk the red carpet
with Brad Pitt
at the premiere of his new movie Inglourious Basterds
. Jolie, who was later spotted in France with Pitt, was able to get a couple of days off from filming her movie Salt
in order to join her beau in the south of France.
Pitt arrived at the festival
over the weekend, taking in lunch at the Hotel du Cap. This will be the couple's third appearance together at the prestigious festival.