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Lumières Françaises Festival: 2024 Edition

Film, Films Festival

Red Island (L'île rouge), Robin Campillo, 2023 - (c) Les Films de Pierre

The Main Cinema
115 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414

July 12 - July 18, 2024


Heads up, cinephiles: Lumières Françaises is a week-long film festival in Minneapolis celebrating the brightest talent in French language cinema!

Minneapolis St. Paul (MSP) Film Society’s annual celebration of French and francophone cinema returns to Minneapolis on July 12-18, with movie premiering on the first week-end (Friday 12th to Sunday 14th). The festival showcases new and acclaimed French and francophone films, from rebellious comedies to exquisite dramas and vivid documentaries, some of them being also screened as part of MSP’s Images of Africa program. This eclectic series includes two features from our Young French Cinema, which is a program of UniFrance & Villa Albertine.

All films presented with English subtitles.

Film Lineup

  • Starting Friday July 12th 

July 12th at 7:00pm + July 15th at 4:00pm + July 17th at 1:00pm | Red Island (L’île rouge)

July 12th at 9:40pm + July 16th at 7:00pm + July 17th at 4:00pm | Sisterhood (HLM Pussy)

  • Starting Saturday July 13th

July 13th at 11:00am + July 16th at 4:00pm | Black Girl + Borom Sarret

July 13th at 1:45pm + July 16th at 1:00pm | Sembene!

July 13th at 4:00pm + July 15th at 1:00pm + July 17th at 7:00pm | Marguerite’s Theorem

July 13th at 7:00pm | Widow Clicquot

July 13th at 9:30pm + July 15th at 1:00pm | The Rapture (Le ravissement)

  • Starting Sunday July 14th

July 14th at 9:30pm + July 17th at 4:00pm |  A Real Job (Un métier sérieux)

July 14th at 4:00pm | Metamorphosis – Short Films

July 14th at 7:00pm + July 18th at 1:00pm | Marinette

In partnership with

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul (MSP Film)

Founded in 1962, The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul (MSP Film) is Minnesota’s foremost film exhibition organization, and a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We bring the best of international and independent cinema to Minnesota audiences through the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, numerous niche film festivals and series, and daily programming 365-days a year.

We promote the art of film as a medium that fosters cross-cultural understanding, education, entertainment, and exploration. We offer audiences unique opportunities to experience the wealth of international cinema, to engage with and learn from visiting international filmmakers, and to come together and share these experiences as a community.


Founded in 1949 and strengthened thanks to its merger with TV France International in 2021, UniFrance is the organisation responsible for promoting French cinema and TV content worldwide.
Located in Paris, UniFrance employs around 50 staff members, as well as representatives based in the U.S., in China, and soon in Japan. The organisation currently brings together more than 1,000 French cinema and TV content professionals (producers, filmmaking talents, agents, sales companies, etc.) working together to promote French films and TV programmes among foreign audiences, industry executives and media.

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