ÉCU visits the 2011 Paris Cinéma Festival

From restored grand classic movies, to Pixar’s latest animated film, and not to mention a ‘Special Honor to Mexico’ showcase, there was something for everyone. The ÉCU team went to the festival to gather audience reactions. “So much action! Stimulation overload!”, “A high quality festival affordable for most people” and “10 days of REAL cinema” […]

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Joe Camilleri: Australia’s Maltese Falcon

“Joe Camilleri: Australia’s Maltese Falcon” directed by Flora Cochrane is competing in the Non-European Documentary category for ÉCU 2012. Joe Camilleri, now 62 years old, has been rocking the pubs and clubs of Australia for 45 years, as well as making close to 30 albums and producing countless more. This documentary has multiple layers – […]

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Les Nuits en Or: UNESCO

By Will Sayre – Intern at ÉCU On Avenue de Suffren here in Paris, you’ll find The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, an institute commonly known as “The UNESCO.” It hosts a wide array of cultural events, executive board meetings and conferences. Its motto: “Building peace in the minds of men and women.” […]

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Avanca Film Festival 2011

Since its debut in 1997, the “International Meetings in Cinema, Television, Vídeo and Multimédia – AVANCA ’11” festival has steadily grown in audience attendance and number of film submissions. Avanca has also succeeded in becoming the largest audiovisuals workshop space in Europe in the past 15 years. Every year, cinema enthusiasts and professionals from all […]

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Orchids – My Intersex Adventure

“Orchids – My Intersex Adventure” directed by Phoebe Hart is competing in the non-European Documentary category for ÉCU 2012. Documentary filmmaker, Phoebe Hart, comes clean on her journey of self-discovery to embrace her future and reconcile the past shame and family secrecy surrounding her intersex condition. Despite her mother’s outright refusal to be in the […]

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ÉCU offers some tips to celebrate La Fête de la Bastille – July 14, 2011

In France, July 14th, also know as ‘Bastille Day’ is celebrated to commemorate the start of the 1789 French revolution and the country’s long road to becoming a republic thereafter. Much in the same way American Independence Day or Canada Day are celebrated, La Fête de la Bastille offers one the chance to attend a […]

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Don Justino Neve

“Don Justino Neve” directed by Daisy Jacobs is competing in the Student Film category for ÉCU 2012. One man, his dog and a trail of broken women. He’s filthy and gorgeous, cruel and mean, and irresistible to women with low self-esteem. A satirical and comic portrait of Don Justino, a beautiful, stylish and truly nasty […]

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Mossadegh

“Mossadegh” is competing in the Student Film category for ÉCU 2012. Set in Iran in 1959, the film follows ex-Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh living under house arrest and suffering from a life-threatening condition. Mossadegh must decide whether or not to trust a brilliant American physician that is sent to treat him. “Mossadegh” est en compétition […]

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Long Time Coming

Drowned in sorrow after the death of his wife, Morris (52) drifts back into his father’s old barbershop one night, to reminisce. But his past comes charging back at him, and maybe this has all been a long time coming. Noyé dans la tristesse après la mort de sa femme, Morris (52) rentre de nouveau […]

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Eldorado

“Eldorado” directed by Henning Fromme is a new ÉCU 2012 submission competing in the European Experimental Film category. “Eldorado” is an ÉCU 2012 European Experimental Film submission . ‘Being Rich, or How You Can Take It With You’ – a short film directed by Henning Fromme, written and played by Geoffrey Steinherz in the style […]

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Melt

“Melt” directed by Noemie Lafrance is a new ÉCU 2012 submission competing in the Non-European Dramatic short category. Perched on a wall and wrapped in sculptural beeswax and lanolin costumes that melt away, dancers progress in euphoria and exhaustion, melting until their souls escape their ephemeral bodies and disintegrate into light. “Melt” realisé par Noemie […]

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Gael Garcia Bernal season at the MK2 Bibliothèque

Aye aye aye, swoon! Ladies (and gents), grab your smelling salts and prepare to be won over by ‘Gael Garcia Bernal’ season at the MK2 Bibliothèque, running from now until July 12th, 2011. Mexican’s finest (and let’s face it, most caliente) actor is presiding over a retrospective of Mexican cinema at the MK2 Bibliothèque, which […]

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Only Sound Remains

“Only Sound Remains” directed by Tanha Sedast ke mimanad and Arash Ashtiani is a new ÉCU 2012 submission competing in the European Dramatic short category. In the wake of the violent post-election protests in Iran, a family tries to hide the news of the death of their youngest member from their grandmother. “Only Sound Remains” […]

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Sabeel

“Sabeel” directed by Khalid Al-Mahmood is a new ÉCU 2012 submission competing in the Non-European Dramatic short category. A story of two young boys who are taking care of their sick grandmother. They spend their days growing and selling vegetables in order to buy medicine for their grandmother. Having the road as the main source […]

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Lavan Director Interview

Check out a recent interview with Guilhad Emilio Schenker, director of ÉCU 2011 winner of Best Cinematography film “Lavan” at the IN THE PALACE film festival located in Balchik, Bulgaria that took place June 18-25, 2011. Découvrez cet interview récent avec Guilhad Emilio Schenker, réalisateur du film gagnant du prix “Meilleure Cinématographie” ÉCU 2011 au […]

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New Category – European Youth Film

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival announces the launch of a new category, “European Youth Film“, for it’s 2012 edition. ÉCU gives European youth the chance to submit their work to a supportive and engaging international community, providing them with exposure, helpful critiquing and the opportunity to participate in a real life film festival! […]

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Out of the Darkness: Paraguayan National Cinema

By Rose Stokes Three words to describe Paraguayan national cinema? “Work in progress,” says Luis Aguirre, writer and director of Universo Servilleta/Napkin Universe (2010) and he makes a good point. Paraguay’s national cinematic output has been, up until very recently, virtually non existent. This can be attributed to many factors, the most obvious of which […]

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Vermin

“Vermin”, directed by Adi gelbart, is an official selection of ÉCU 2012. When three creatures mysteriously appear on earth, the authorities observe them and try to make sense of their peculiar actions. At first the creatures harmlessly wander the fields. Then they are seen collecting plant seeds for growing gigantic onions and lettuce. But when […]

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