SPOTLIGHT: NANCY BUIRSKI

  In her interview with IndieWire, director Nancy Buirski discussed her beginnings in the world of film as the founder of North Carolina’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. What has surprised her most over the years is that among the hundreds of documentaries she’s seen at her festival, very few have been willing to take […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: PERSONAL SHOPPER

  “Uncategorizable” is how the Guardian referred to ‘Personal Shopper’ after awarding it five stars. Time magazine also praised it for being a “strange and beautifully made film.” French film director Olivier Assayas won Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The official premiere there was received by an almost five minutes […]

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WHAT TO DO IN DECEMBER

  December has arrived in Paris — the time for thick socks, warm wine, and close friends. But this doesn’t mean you have to stay bundled at home all month! Paris has a bevy of activities to keep you enchanted and excited until the new year. Christmas Markets There are several fantastic Christmas markets around […]

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SPOTLIGHT: TAIKA WAITITI

  Taika Waititi was born in Wellington in 1975. In the interceding years, he has helmed outstanding works across film, television, and Twitter, obtained a heaping helping of acclaim throughout three continents out of the possible seven, and this very year, has been dubbed the #1 person from his country of birth. Waititi, raised by […]

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NOVEMBER UPDATES

  Despite the fact that November is the month where coldness worsens and Christmas fast approaches, we at ECU have been so focused on our quest of discovering and sharing with you the very best of indie film, that we haven’t even picked out a festive jumper to wear, let alone started our letters to […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE SQUARE

The Square is the latest masterpiece from Ruben Östlund, director of Force Majeure (2014). Winning a Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2017 – one of the most prestigious prizes in film, grabbed the attention of international audiences and earned the film Sweden’s nomination for the Oscars. Östlund’s film is a reflection of our times through […]

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SPOTLIGHT: RICHARD KELLY

  While the name might not spark immediate recognition, Richard Kelly is most famous for writing and directing cult film Donnie Darko. This was Kelly’s first feature film and received 11 awards out of 23 nominations. The release of the film followed an interesting popularity trajectory nonetheless, as it did not receive immediate praise on […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: SING STREET

  Sing street tells the story of a teenager called Conor who sets up a band in order to attract a beautiful girl named Raphina that he met on the street. This is John Carney’s third independent musical film since Once & Begin Again. The soundtrack was composed by Danny Wilson frontman Gary Clark, and […]

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Guess who’s going to Mexico – ÉCU-On-The-Road is!

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has joined together with new partner festival, The International Film Festival Celayas (FICC), who will be hosting a screening of selected films from ÉCU 2017 Winners. The festival takes place on the 24th – 26th of November in Celaya, Mexico. We are very excited! Films being screened have […]

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SPOTLIGHT: TOM HARDY

    You will probably have no problem recognising the man in this picture. He is now indisputably one of Hollywood’s biggest actors, but before he rose to fame Tom Hardy was just an actor of humble beginnings, living in London.  Tom’s steady rise to fame began after being cast in the WW2 miniseries Band […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: LOVING VINCENT

  “Loving Vincent” is a film written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman and is a story exploring the circumstances of Vincent Van Gogh’s death. The story picks up a year after his death in Arles, where a local Postman named Roulin (played by Chris O’Dowd) asks his son Armand (played by Douglas […]

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SPOTLIGHT: PAUL DANO

  This week’s spotlight is dedicated to indie film darling Paul Dano. Born in 1984 in New York City, he’s been an actor for over two thirds of his life, across a plethora of mediums, depicting a wide spectrum of characters. But one thing remains constant across his dozens of roles: passion. Dano got his […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE KILLING OF A SECRET DEER

  Though shrouded in enigmas, Yorgos Lanthimos’ disturbing new film leaves a simple question lingering in the mind: Why, of all things, is it called “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”? Seemingly irrelevant as one watches the film unfold, the darkly allusive title is, in fact, at the very heart of the drama’s uncanny logic. […]

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SPOTLIGHT: JIA ZHANGKE

  Jia Zhangke is a prominent name in Chinese independent film industry, whose films have received critical praise and have been recognized internationally. In his films, Jia tends to focus on humanity and narrate stories in a documentary way rather than using magic realism. His films treat themes of alienated youth, contemporary Chinese history and globalization. […]

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WHAT TO DO IN NOVEMBER IN PARIS

  November is an awesome time to be in Paris! As things start to cool down, there are less and less tourists, so it’s the perfect time to hit up the museums and cinemas around town. It’s not too cold just yet, so it’s the perfect time to get out of the house and see […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: LIGHTS OUT

  What do you do if you have a strong idea for a short film but no funding to make it? You make it yourself at home, in your flat, with your wife. This is what David F. Sandberg did anyway. The concept of his story is very simple: Lotta Lotsen (the film director’s wife) switches […]

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OCTOBER UPDATES

‎ October is coming to a close, and we’ve been up to quite a lot here at ÉCU! This month, we’ve reviewed Good Time, All These Sleepless Nights, Mother!, and The Florida Project. We’ve also shone our spotlight on Elizabeth Moss, Lone Scherfig, Houda Benyamina, and most recently, Abdellat Kechiche. You can see all of […]

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SPOTLIGHT: ABDELLATIF KECHICHE

  Whether you idolize him, vilify him, or are torn about your views on him — there is no denying that Abdellatif Kechiche has made a profound and lasting mark on the French filmmaking world. With his characteristically long yet ambitious takes, his search for beauty in realism, and his passionate political engagement, Kechiche has become […]

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