Star spotting in Cannes
Star struck? On-screen heroes have their feet on the ground at the Cannes Film Festival. The 69th edition of one of the film industry’s biggest events kicks off May 11 and continues through May 22. What are the chances that an ordinary soul can rub shoulders with Bono, Leo and Lupita? Every year, celebrity magazines publish a list of spots where you’re most likely to lay eyes on film royalty. The obvious point for a stakeout is the Palais des Festivals et des Congres, located just off the beachside strip known as Boulevard de la Croisette. From here it’s possible to see the red-carpet entrance to the Grand Theatre Lumiere, where two gala screenings are held each evening. Insiders suggest standing on the road, rather than alongside the carpet, where your view will be obscured by accredited photographers and cameramen. Other reputed A-list hangouts include the area’s Michelin-starred restaurants (L’Oasis, La Palme d’Or), the trendy nightclubs (Le Baoli, Gotha Club) and luxury hotels (Hotel Martinez, InterContinental Carlton, Hotel Majestic Barriere). The secluded Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, at the southern tip of the Cap d’Antibes, harbors celebrities, too. Between star gazing, one can always loll on one of the area’s beaches, enjoy a cocktail at a pop-up bar along the Croisette or check out the yachts in the harbor. In the evening, the Cinema de la Plage offers open-air screenings of out-of-competition films and Cannes classics. Request an invitation at the Cannes tourism office, located at 1 Boulevard de la Croisette. Learn more at www.festival-cannes.fr/en.html.