U.S. Premiere of The Odyssey: A film about Jacques-Yves Cousteau

July 17: Join our friends at the Embassy of France in the United States and the Carnegie Institution for Science for a special screening event.


Over the years, DCEFF has highlighted the work of underwater explorers like Sylvia Earle and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Now, a new film takes a look at the life of Jacques-Yves Cousteau (Jean-Michel’s father), the highly influential and a fearlessly ambitious pioneer, innovator, filmmaker, researcher, and conservationist, whose aquatic adventures span roughly thirty years.

In L’Odyssée (The Odyssey), Cousteau, his wife, and his two sons live in paradise, in a beautiful house looking out over the Mediterranean Sea. But Cousteau dreams only of adventure. Thanks to his invention, an autonomous diving suit that allows him to breathe underwater, he has discovered a new world — and he’s prepared to sacrifice everything to explore it.

The film, starring Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, and Audrey Tautou, is showing Monday, July 17, as part of the French-American Climate Talks on Ocean (FACT-O).

The event will be hosted by two longtime Festival partners, the Embassy of France in the United States and the Carnegie Institution for Science, one of DCEFF’s signature venues.

Admission includes a private reception prior to the film with Jan Cousteau, wife of undersea explorer Philippe Cousteau (Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s second son), who joined the Cousteau team on 20 expeditions over 12 years, and Philippe Cousteau, Jr, conservationist and grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Stay after the film for a panel discussion and audience Q&A with Jan Cousteau, Philippe Cousteau, and marine biologist Dr. Rebecca Albright.

Find out more about the event and get tickets here.