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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Movie Review: Lady Bird.

As a huge Greta Gerwig fan, I am not surprised that I liked “Lady Bird”. However even I am surprised, despite my extreme partiality for this actress-turned-writer-turned-director, about how much I actually loved it. During the course of the film, we follow a year in the life of Christine Mcpherson aka “Lady Bird” (that is […]

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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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Movie Review: Polisse

When I watched “Polisse” a few years ago, it took me a long time to get it out of my head. The story centres on a group of French police officers working in a child protection unit and shows how their work affects them psychologically. Admittedly, the film’s content is very hard-hitting, but if you think you can stomach […]

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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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DECEMBER UPDATES

  We were so busy this December that we don’t really know where to begin! To start with, it is very important to us that we mention again how grateful we are for all of the films that we received for our Earlybird deadline on December 17th. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it […]

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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: JIA ZHANGKE

    Jia Zangke est un réalisateur important dans l’industrie de films indépendants Chinois, dont les films ont reçu des louanges et ont été reconnu mondialement. Dans ses films, Jia a tendance à se concentrer sur l’humanité et à raconter des histoires dans un style documentaire plutôt qu’utiliser le réalisme magique. Ses films traitent sur […]

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Un accent sur un prix d’ÉCU: L’excellence du cinéma arabe

  ÉCU – Le festival européen du film indépendant – à toujours été un grand promoteur de la découverte et la célébration du cinéma indépendant non seulement européen mais mondial. Tout au long des 12 années que nous avons maintenant existé dans le monde du cinéma indépendant, nous avons été constamment impressionnés par le calibre, […]

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ÉCU goes to Athens!

ÉCU-On-The-Road continues its World-wide tour with a screening in Athens. ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival will be screening a selection of some of the best independent films from around the World in Athens, Greece from the 30th August to the 1st September, 2017. The screenings will take place at the XYTHPIO Theatre Art Café in the Gazi area of Athens and will start at 20.45 every night from Wednesday until Friday and will […]

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Spotlight: Nina Hoss

The first time Nina Hoss had been widely recognized was when she played a very famous German escort girl of the 1950s. The film was a so-called “event movie” played on a private television station in the 90s. So it wasn’t about the female emancipation which Rosemarie – the escort girl’s self-chosen name – espoused, […]

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Movie Review: Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan has been known primarily for his cerebral thrillers, but in Dunkirk, he deploys his technical virtuosity to create an utterly emotional experience. His film stages one of the most desperate periods in Britain’s fight against Nazi Germany, when 400,000 Allied soldiers were surrounded by German forces on the northern beaches of France in the spring of 1940. With […]

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Movie Review: Before I Fall

New York-born filmmaker Ry Russo-Young’s first directorial project in 5 years – after her 2012 family drama, Nobody Walks, co-written by Lena Dunham and starring John Krasinski – the teenage mystery drama Before I Fall (2017), asks the viewer: What If Today Was the Only Day of the Rest of Your Life? The rhetorical question […]

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SPOTLIGHT – VALERIA BRUNI TEDESCHI

Français If it wasn’t for her last name, and, maybe, the elegant, irresistible smile, would you be able to tell that actress, director and screenwriter Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was the sister of Nicholas Sarkozy’s première dame and top model Carla? I bet at least more than half of you wouldn’t. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was born […]

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ÉCU 2015 Launch Party

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is happy to announce that its 2015 Launch Party was a huge success at  BADABOUM on March 11th. The night was full of live music, drinks and loads of fun! The live music was fantastic, have a look below at all the groups that played: Nausicaa – click here to vistit her SoundCloud page Passionate […]

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January Newsletter update

ÉCU would like to welcome everyone to a cheerful and wonderful 2015! We hope you all had an amazing holiday and spent plenty of time with your family and friends. We look forward to everything this year has to offer. The staff is returning from the holidays happier, more relaxed and, unfortunately, fatter. After gobbling […]

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“Un Tour de Cheville” (THE ANKLET) – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’!

“Un Tour de Cheville” by Guillaume Levil is a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ into European Dramatic Short. At the top of a mountain, a man clumsily recites his declaration of love: ‘I did hesitate, but I chose you…’

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What to do in Paris in January

By now you’ve probably all bought your gym memberships and thrown the cigarettes away…but you need to have some fun too to get through cold cold January. 1. Eat the best Galette des Rois in Paris at Dominique Saibron. For those not in the know, it is a delicious almond frangipan cake covered in flaky […]

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