Cannes International Film Festival 2012

The (Unofficial) Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Guide to Cannes

UPDATED 05/16/2012 at 11:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/19/2012 at 01:00 PM EDT

Cannes Film Festival - Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie's Favorite Places
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
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The ring is about to rock the red carpet.

Engaged super-couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are set to attend the upcoming 65th annual Cannes Film Festival. The two-week festival kicks off May 16 on the French Riviera, where Pitt will be promoting his upcoming crime thriller Killing Them Softly.

The famed festival is a favorite destination for the pair: They have attended together every year for the past five years with the exception of 2010. While they always spark a flashbulb frenzy on the red carpet – this year more than ever, thanks to that engagement sparkler – in the past they have also made time for family activities and date nights.

As Jolie told PEOPLE in 2008, when she was promoting her Clint Eastwood drama The Changeling: "It's always a good time and there's always something silly that goes on. Cannes is fun."



Here's how to do Cannes the Jolie-Pitt way:



STAY IN THE LAP OF LUXURY
Although the couple owns an estate, Chateau Miraval, in nearby Correns – just east of Johnny Depp's French home – they typically stay at a private chalet on the grounds of the ultra-exclusive Hotel du Cap Eden Roc. The glamorous five-star hotel – once a favorite of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald and now frequented by everyone from Bill Clinton to Gwyneth Paltrow – housed the Jolie-Pitt family as recently as last year, when Pitt was promoting his Terrence Malick drama The Tree of Life and Jolie was premiering Kung Fu Panda 2. But in 2008, when Jolie was pregnant with twins Knox and Vivienne, the family opted for even greater privacy, staying at the historic Villa Maryland, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's French estate.

COME TO SHOP – FOR THE KIDS
Although the French Riviera is famous for its high-end designer shops, the Jolie-Pitts prefer to keep their retail excursions kid-focused. In 2008 the couple hit Toys R Us (yes, there's one in Cannes!) along with Bonpoint, the French children's wear couture house, where they shopped for dresses for daughters Zahara and Shiloh and picked out "only white, white, white" for their then-soon-to-be-born twins. (At the time, Knox and Vivienne's genders were still a closely guarded secret.)

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DINE OUT WELL AND OFTEN
Last year the superstar couple left the kids behind for a romantic dinner date at Tetou, an elegant but casual Michelin-starred fish restaurant on the beach in Golfe Juan, about three miles from Cannes. Tetou is an old favorite of the pair, who previously dined on bouillabaisse and grilled langouste (warm-water lobster) during an evening there with Clint Eastwood and Mick Jagger in 2008. Other favorites include L'Affable, where they celebrated Pitt's Tree of Life premiere last year, and the Michelangelo in Cap D'Antibes, where they feasted on pasta with crayfish and ravioli with truffles – washed down with Dom Perignon – at a 2009 dinner party for the cast of Pitt's Inglourious Basterds.

We can't wait to see where the power couple goes during their Cannes visit this year. Time to trade Toys R Us for a bridal boutique?



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