Spotlight: Catherine Breillat

Catherine Breillat n’est pas seulement un écrivain best-seller, un professeur de cinéma d’auteur et une actrice mettant en vedette dans un drame de Bertolucci – elle est également l’un des plus influents directeurs de l’ère moderne en France, avec une œuvre de près d’une vingtaine de films. Pendant plus de quarante ans, les drames viscéralement […]

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Spotlight: Catherine Breillat

Not only is Catherine Breillat is a bestselling novelist, professor of Auteur Cinema and Bertolucci drama-starring actress – she is also one of France’s most influential modern-day directors, with a directorial oeuvre of nearly twenty films. For over forty decades, Breillat’s viscerally jarring and sensorially perceptive dramas have had generations of cinema-goers on the edge […]

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SPOTLIGHT – STAN BRAKHAGE

Français Stan Brakhage( January 14, 1933 – March 9, 2003) was an influential American avant-garde filmmaker that explored the frontiers of  artistic expression and visual perception through the medium of film. During fifty years of filmmaking, he produced roughly 400 films of varying lengths. His films are always painfully alive, the uncontainable kinetic energy brimming over […]

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SPOTLIGHT – GUILLERMO DEL TORO

Français The Spanish writer/director Guillermo del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1964. After he finished his study at the film school Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográcios, del Toro went on to work as a special effects make-up designer for about ten years, which is an experience that is reflected in many of […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MARTIN SCORSESE

Français Nobody can personify better than Martin Scorsese the realization of the American dream. Born in Queens, he grew up in a poor family watching neorealist movies with his grandparents (native of Italy) and going to the cinema with his dad (the director often says that those were his favourite moments and the only ones […]

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SPOTLIGHT – JONATHAN LEVINE

Français What is happy, sad, and weird at the same time? Above all things, life. And with these things comes director Jonathan Levine, who can tackle multi-dimensional layers and churn them with a gooey center of complexities when he tries. A native New Yorker, Levine honed his faceted style in agreement with a Jewish upper-middle […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MASSIMO TROISI

Français For this Friday spotlight we’ve chosen an Italian film director Massimo Troisi (1953-1994). He was born in Naples in 1953 and started his career as stage actor in 1969. After that, he started a film career as actor, director and screenwriter. His source of inspiration was Pasolini: “When I think of Pasolini I consider […]

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SPOTLIGHT – TERRENCE MALICK

Français   This Friday, ÉCU wants to give the spotlight to a philosophical film director, screenwriter and producer, who has been regarded as one of the greatest living filmmakers and whose works have received consistent praise: Terrence Malick. He studied philosophy at Harvard University and graduated summa cum laude in 1965. Malick is famously protective of his […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MICHEL OCELOT

  Français   This Friday’s genre is animation! ÉCU wants to give the Spotlight to the creative and artistic man, the creator of the awesome masterpieces in the animation world like Kirikou et La Sorcière and Azur et Asmar, Michel Ocelot, who treats his works truly from his heart and soul! Michel Ocelot is a French […]

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Spotlight – Alice Rohrwacher

Français This weeks spotlight focuses on a – despite her last name – young Italian writer and director, whose latest film will open in French theatres next week. LE MERAVIGLIE (The wonders / Les marvelleis) is not new to the French public. Last year, Rohrwacher was the first Italian woman to win a Cannes Grand […]

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Spotlight: Zoe Kazan

Français Zoe Kazan is one of those actresses who has been slowly building up her resume with impressive performances and gradually gaining momentum in terms of public recognition. A California native who happens to be the daughter of two Oscar-nominated screenwriters, Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord as well as the granddaughter of famed director Elia […]

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Spotlight: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Français “My position is that of a cinema director. I’m not politically active. But I can’t not react to what is happening around me” says Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose latest movie – LEVIATHAN – can be seen as a very political film, directly aimed to criticize the current elite of Russia. Set on a peninsula by […]

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Spotlight: Lina Plioplyte

Français As we are based in Paris our love for films and fashion is obvious. But moving further from Paris, we are turning our heads to Lithuania and are happy to introduce you Lina Plioplyte whose first film of aged New York fashionistas has recently been released in the UK and Irish cinemas. Lina Plioplyte, […]

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Spotlight: Kirsten Dunst

When your first role with 12 years is already a major part opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, you can be sure that there’s more to come. That was the case with Kirsten Dunst. She’s one of the actresses who never fails to surprise us. Once you had her labelled as a romantic comedy actress, […]

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Spotlight: Elle Fanning

We all fell in love with her in Sophia Coppola’s SOMEWHERE. Impossible not to adore this innocent and lively girl who stands in complete opposite to the world of Hollywood her father lives in. Elle Fanning brought a freshness and honesty to the film, which was praised all over the world. With only 16 years […]

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Spotlight – Neill Blomkamp

Since South Africa is being on the spotlight lately, ÉCU’s Spotlight this week is dedicated to a South African artist of international acclaim. And the artist in question is director Neill Blomkamp. Maybe his name doesn’t sound familiar but his work might, Blomkamp is the artist responsible behind the hit film District 9 and the 2013 Elysium amongst other projects. […]

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Spotlight – Billy Wilder

The rise of Nazi Germany during the 1930’s cast down a threatening shadow over Europe as it continued to engulf a sea of innocent victims. Billy Wilder, then a successful writer, uprooted from his home in Berlin and retreated to Paris where he sought salvation from the German forces. It was here that the Jewish […]

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Spotlight – Javier Badem

Maybe now you know Bardem as the go-to-guy in Hollywood for playing villains with crazy hair, however as most European actors he got his start in the independent cinema. His first big break came with Jamon Jamon by Bigas Luna in 1992. The art house Spanish director has given Bardem his first small role in […]

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