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Léa Seydoux will miss not only The French Dispatch Cannes premiere, but the whole film festival after testing positive for COVID-19 last week.
The actress’ attendance at the fest was initially up in the air as well after the positive test, but on Wednesday, she shared news that she had to stay in Paris.
“Sadly, I have to self-quarantine in Paris and won’t be able to attend the Cannes Film Festival this year,” Seydoux said in a statement. “I wish I could celebrate the return of cinema to my favorite festival, but it is in everyone’s best interest to err on the side of caution and do my part to keep everyone safe and healthy.”
Seydoux has been fully vaccinated but she tested positive while working on a film, her publicist had confirmed on Saturday. She is asymptomatic and has been isolating at home in Paris. Originally, she was hoping that negative tests on consecutive days could allow her to still attend the festival in the south of France.
Seydoux was set to be one of the most ubiquitous stars at Cannes this year. She stars in four films at the festival, including three that are vying for the top Palme d’Or award — an honor she shared in winning with 2013’s Blue Is the Warmest Color.
“I applaud all four of my directors and the cast ensembles for their remarkable achievements,” Seydoux said on Wednesday. “From a distance and in thoughts, I am with you with all my heart.”
At Cannes, Seydoux stars in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch; in Arnaud Desplechin’s Deception; in Bruno Dumont’s France; and in Ildikó Enyedi’s The Story of My Wife.
On Saturday, Cannes organizers trumpeted the success of the festival, which is requiring either proof of full vaccination or a negative test within 48 hours for entry to the festival hub. Masks are required inside theaters.
Cannes is also testing around 4,000 people daily. Frémaux, artistic director of the festival, said Saturday there were zero positive tests on Friday.
Scott Feinberg contributed to this report.
July 14, 5 a.m. This story has been updated with a statement from Seydoux.
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