Spotlight: Guy Maddin

Screened at festivals around the world, Guy Maddin’s The Green Fog (2017) is his best experiment to date, a recreation of Hitchcock’s Vertigo through a dizzying collage of a dozen different films set in San Francisco. Condensing the thrill of the original while diffusing its curse, Maddin puts Vertigo’s crucial moments on rapid repeat, multiplying […]

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Spotlight: Reese Witherspoon

Priding her position as an ‘A list’ actress and boasting a dazzling array of awards, Reese Witherspoon is doubtlessly one of the most respected actresses of today. At ÉCU we particularly admire Witherspoon for her producing and acting role in the co-funded production company Pacific Standard: a platform advocating greater visibility of female-led filmmaking. But […]

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SPOTLIGHT: CLAIRE DENIS

  Though she didn’t become an established director until the age of 40, Claire Denis quickly solidified her status as one of France’s most important contemporary auteurs. Her films are known for their combination of shocking realism and sparsely gorgeous stylistics, treating postcolonial themes of estrangement, immigration, violence, and the exploitation of those living on […]

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Spotlight: Michelangelo Antonioni

Michelangelo Antonioni, the neo-realismo influenced Italian director which escaped the confining film regulations, setting fire to preconceptions and paved his own road for success. There is a sense of indifference that critics have towards him, this timid irreverence has surrounded his career for years, but now more than ever he is being recognized for his […]

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Spotlight: John Michael and Martin McDonagh

  Despite the fact our St Patrick’s Day hangovers have only just began to subside, we want to continue on celebrating the great patrons of the Emerald Isle. Instead of looking to its Holy Saints, however, we thought we would pay heed to its most heavenly indie souls, particularly two exceptional brothers: John Michael and […]

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Spotlight: Álex de la Iglesia

  The filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia, recently honoured with a tribute at Gérardmer’s festival in 2018, was born on December 4, 1965 in Bilbao, Spain. From a young age, he had a stark fascination with comics and this was the foundation for where he began his career as a set designer in cinema. Later on, […]

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Spotlight: Daniel Kaluuya

Looking back on the first quarter of this year, there’s no doubt that Daniel Kaluuya’s 2018 has started off pretty well. He received an Oscar nod for Best Actor, and his current film in theaters is in the process of obliterating box office records. With several projects in the pipeline, including a film directed by […]

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Spotlight: James Ivory

Before I begin recanting his extraordinary life and career, I would firstly like to thank James Ivory for  single-handedly ending my quarter-life crisis. For, like many in their early twenties, I spent a long time feeling utterly lost, only too aware of the milestones I had not yet completed by 23. However, after achieving his […]

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Spotlight: Timothée Chalamet

The phrase “breakout year” and the name Timothée go together like peaches and cream. All it took was one year or us all to come to know (and love) him. Released toward the end of 2017, the film “Ladybird” struck a chord with many audiences, but specifically Chalamet’s performance, short yet significant (he plays the […]

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Spotlight: Ryan Coogler

Even with the boundless new talent present in cinema today, it would be difficult to find an up-and-coming filmmaker with a track record quite as astonishing as Ryan Coogler’s. With just three feature films under his belt, he has managed to tell three outstandingly engaging and intimate stories, contribute to two major franchises, and thread […]

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Spotlight: The Safdie Brothers

A pink glow reflects on Connie’s freshly bleached hair and neon blue spills out of an open refrigerator. Gritty, shocking, and spellbinding. 80’s nostalgia set against a New York City backdrop. Good Time: it’s the film that makes every minute more captivating than the last. To quote Stanley Kubrick, “A film is – or should […]

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Spotlight: FRANCES MCDORMAND

As she once again mesmerises us on screen, this time in her film “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri”, it might be worth paying closer attention to the insurmountable force of nature that is Frances McDormand. As an actress, we know that she is talented – she is one of the very few actors who […]

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SPOTLIGHT: RACHEL MORRISON

  As of this week, Rachel Morrison has made history. When the list of nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced this Tuesday, her name was amongst a collection of cinematographers who have produced exceptional work this past year.  After nearly one century, she is the very first woman nominated for the Oscar for […]

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SPOTLIGHT: RUNGANO NYONI

  Recently released in theaters, I Am Not a Witch bears all the marks of a promising auteur. The debut feature of 35-year-old Zambian director Rungano Nyoni, it was described as  “unmissable” at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Set in a remote Zambian community, its protagonist is a 9-year-old girl named Shula who is accused by village locals of being […]

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SPOTLIGHT: JORDAN PEELE

  2017 was a major year for Jordan Peele. He transitioned from side-splitting comedy on the stage and the small screen, to social horror that has kept the hairs on the backs of audience’s necks firmly at-attention. In the process of it all, he has inspired countless young, burgeoning and aspiring entertainers and filmmakers. But […]

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SPOTLIGHT: CHRIS MORRIS

  With rumours emerging that he is very soon to be back on our movie screens, ÉCU thought this would be an opportune time to shine our famous spotlight on this infamously shadowy and elusive British writer, director, comedian, and so much more. Although he is now known as one of Britain’s greatest satirists of […]

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SPOTLIGHT: ANDERS THOMAS JENSEN

  As actors and directors are the usual focus of our spotlights, it’s time to spin the bottle on the exquisite Danish screenwriter, Anders Thomas Jensen. With more 50 scripts and two Oscar statuettes under his belt, he is definitely worth your attention and might remind you that what makes a good story is a […]

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SPOTLIGHT: GURINDER CHADHA

  Seeing as Gurinder Chadha has just won this year’s Women and Hollywood trailblazer award, we thought it was as good a time as any to do a spotlight at her!  Being a feminist icon, we definitely think that she’s a worthy subject of our spotlight feature! If you can’t recall who she is, let […]

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