How Cannes Pulled Off an In-Person Film Festival by Spending More Than $1 Million on Covid Testing (Exclusive)

The 74th annual Cannes Film Festival beat the odds by delivering two weeks of nonstop movies — and major stars such as Matt Damon, Regina King and Timothée Chalamet — in the middle of a global pandemic.It wasn’t an easy task.

Variety has learned that the festival fronted more than $1 million to cover the costs of regular, free Covid testing to approximately 28,000 attendees.

Those from the European Union could bypass such procedures by showing proof of vaccination, but there were no guarantees that people wouldn’t get sick as the Delta variant spread globally.When French actor Léa Seydoux, who had three films in competition, canceled her trip to Cannes after testing positive for Covid-19, which she contracted on a movie set, some feared that it was the beginning of a wave of cases.But so far, there have been no reports of major outbreaks out of Cannes.

Even rumors

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