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Celebrate francophone cinema at the 2024 San Diego French Film Festival!


THE LOT La Jolla &
Reading Cinemas Town Square
San Diego, CA

June 2 - 5, 2024


The San Diego French Film Festival, presented by the Alliance Française San Diego, is back for its fourth edition from June 2nd to June 5th, presenting a selection of award winning short and feature films with a rich mix of history, adventure, biopic and environmental documentaries.

The festival will kick off with a red-carpet opening ceremony on Sunday, June 2nd, at THE LOT. Attendees are invited to enjoy the screening of the acclaimed movie The Three Musketeers: Milady” (2023) which clinched the prestigious César award. Co-produced by France, Germany, Belgium, and Spain, the film is directed by Martin Bourboulon and boasts a stellar cast including Eva Green, François Civil, Vincent Cassel, Pio Marmaï, and Romain Duris.
Preceding the main feature is the short film Au Revoir Belmondo”, (2023) directed by Lisa Kohn who will be in attendance.
After the screening, attendees are welcomed to a soirée featuring distinguished guests from the film industry, along with Julie Duhaut-Bedos, Consul General of France in Los Angeles.

Monday, June 3rd, will be dedicated to the ocean, a central element in San Diego’s lifestyle, featuring two environmental documentaries.
Humanatee”, (2023) a short film, chronicles the journey of Damien Leloup, a French archaeologist and underwater explorer based in San Diego, as he forms an unexpected connection with these majestic creatures.
The feature documentary Oceans” (2009) directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, leads us to the heart of the oceans on the path of discovery of unknown or neglected marine creatures. Shot over 50 different places including South California, this powerful documentary has received multiple awards. 

The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion.

On Tuesday, June 4th, the evening will commence with the short film “Monochrome” (2023), directed by Cédric Prévost, followed by the feature film “Omar la Fraise” (2023), directed by Elias Belkeddar, starring Reda Kateb and Benoît Magimel. This drama-comedy depicts the escapades of Omar, a fugitive gangster attempting to lead a low-key life in Algiers to avoid a 20-year prison sentence from French authorities.

The festival will draw to a close on June 5th, featuring the short film “Riad” (2023), directed by Yann Verburgh, and the feature film “Marinette” (2023), a compelling biographical sports drama, written, produced, and directed by Virginie Verrier, stars Cesar nominee actress Garance Marillier as Marinette Pichon, a trailblazer in French women’s soccer.

Following the screenings, there will be a casual gathering to conclude the festival on a convivial note.

The SDFFF is an opportunity for the San Diego francophone community to come together to celebrate the richness and diversity of the French language, culture, and gastronomy, and to experience the magic of cinema in all its glory.

For more information on the program and reservations, click here.

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