The star's Inglourious Basterds is to be shown, amid talk Jolie is on her way

By Simon Perry and Stephen M. Silverman
Updated May 18, 2009 08:50 AM
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As the sea along the Cote D’Azur shimmered in the sunshine, Brad Pitt arrived to add some further sparkle to his familiar springtime haunt, the Cannes Film Festival.

Pitt, 45, was spotted Saturday at the Hotel du Cap, having lunch on a balcony after flying in from the U.S. It is said he is staying in a chalet on the grounds of the highly exclusive hotel, just along the coast in Antibes, on the Riviera.

The star is in the South of France for his fourth Cannes Film Festival in five years. And, if Angelina Jolie, 33, joins him in the next few days as is expected, this will mark the third time they have strolled the palm-lined Croisette waterfront together in as many years.

On this visit Pitt is showcasing his movie from director Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds, which premieres at the festival Wednesday. The filmmaker has described Pitt’s character in the WWII drama as “a hillbilly straight from the mountains of Tennessee.”

Pattinson Pending

Also expected at the festival this week are Oscar winner Penélope Cruz, for Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces, and Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson, who’s due to appear on Tuesday.

Among the highlights of this year’s 12-day, 62nd fest – said to be less crowded than in previous years, owing to the global economic situation – has been the world premiere of Disney-Pixar’s well-received Up. Two days later, Mariah Carey lit up the Croisette with her new movie Precious, in which she undergoes a startling transformation into a dowdy social worker.

Also causing talk is the screening of Heath Ledger‘s final film, director Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus – which was completed with Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell playing Ledger’s character in its dream sequences.