Golden couple Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz in hunt for top Cannes prize

Spanish actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz attend the premiere of the movie Loving Pablo presented out of competition at the 74th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido, on Sept 6, 2017.
Spanish actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz attend the premiere of the movie Loving Pablo presented out of competition at the 74th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido, on Sept 6, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - It was where Javier Bardem memorably declared his love for Penelope Cruz in 2010. Now the golden couple of Spanish cinema will open this year's Cannes film festival together on Tuesday (May 8).

The Oscar-winning actors both star in Iranian master Asghar Farhadi's Spanish psychological thriller Everybody Knows, which will kick off the festival and is up for the top Palme d'Or prize.

The couple's glowing return to the spotlight in Cannes comes after Bardem emotionally proclaimed his feelings for Cruz there eight years ago as he accepted the best actor award for Biutiful.

Cruz has also won at Cannes, sharing the 2006 best actress prize with five other women for their work in acclaimed Spanish film-maker Pedro Almodovar's drama Volver.

Bardem, 49, and Cruz, 44, have two children together and married in 2010 on an island in the Bahamas owned by their friend, US actor Johnny Depp.

They also share a notable distinction - they are respectively the first Spanish man and woman to win an acting Oscar.

Bardem won his best supporting actor Academy Award in 2008 for his role as a determined murderer in the Coen brothers' No Country For Old Men.

The following year, Cruz took home the best actress Oscar for playing a fiery artist in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

But the couple live discreetly in a Madrid suburb, where they try to keep the spotlight away from their son Leo, seven, and daughter Luna, four.