Cannes According to ... Photo Editor Amy T. Zielinski: "Embrace Subtitles and French Cinema"

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Getty Images' senior picture desk editor dishes on the Croisette.

Best place to grab a drink after 3 a.m.?

My crew spends so much time being classy that sometimes we end up at the low-key Station Tavern Pub to belt out a song on their karaoke nights!

Best place to escape from the festival?

I tend to take a stroll up to the medieval quarter of Le Suquet. The walk takes me through the tranquil old town and then up the hill to the clock tower, which gives me a vast view of the festival and the Mediterranean.

Biggest pet peeve?

The sound of American accents and English everywhere I go. Sometimes I feel like I’ve stepped onto a Hollywood film set in Cannes.

Most stressful moment you’ve had?

To be honest, every day is pretty stressful as my agency works really hard to provide the most beautiful imagery the fastest to our clients. Getty considers Cannes the Olympics of entertainment.

What advice would you give to a first timer?

Embrace subtitles and French cinema. I work too many hours editing to be able to see the films at the festival, but I absolutely catch them once they go in wide release.

What should tourists know about Cannes?

When you enter an establishment, say hello first! Order rosé wine as it’s the nectar of summer in France. Last, it’s like New York in that you never sleep, there’s always something going on you don’t want to miss.

This story first appeared in the May 21 Cannes daily issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.