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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MARCH UPDATES

You think you know “March Madness”? Trying being an ÉCU intern! This month has been one of our most exciting and manic yet, not least because our Official Selection was announced just a few weeks ago. On Wednesday 14th March, we revealed the 80 films that will coming to Paris for this year’s festival. It […]

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MARCH UPDATES

Vous pensez que vous connaissez la « folie de mars » ? Essayez une stage avec ÉCU ! Ce mois était exceptionnellement emballant, surtout grâce à l’annoncement de notre sélection officielle. Le 14 mars, on a révélé les 80 films qui viendraient à Paris pour le festival de cette année. Il est raisonnable à dire, […]

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What to Do in Paris in April

  It’s finally springtime, and following the aftermath of snow in March we can definitely rely on April to bring us the sun and maybe even some rain, c’mon its Paris. With that said, here at ÉCU we have compiled a list of things to get you moving in April no matter the weather are […]

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QUOI FAIRE À PARIS EN AVRIL

C’est enfin le printemps, et après les conséquences de la neige en Mars, nous pouvons définitivement compter sur Avril pour nous apporter du soleil et peut être même de la pluie puisque nous sommes à Paris. Ceci étant dit, ici à ECU nous avons compiler une liste de choses à faire qui vous feront venir […]

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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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January Updates

  In the spirit of New Year New Me, we have certainly started 2018 with a mighty bang! Not only have we been a-travelling (Riga, take us back!) but we have had an almighty amount of cracking submissions! Well done all of you who made our Regular Submission Deadline – you are nailing this 20-GREAT-TEEN […]

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Movie Review: On the Beach At Night Alone

  Art and life have overlapped in the cinema many a time, but rarely do they achieve the proximity one finds in Hong Sang-soo’s latest work On the Beach at Night Alone. In response to the obsessive media coverage in South Korea of his affair with actress Kim Min-hee, Hong has crafted a film-confession in […]

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SPOTLIGHT: ELISABETH MOSS

  « La comédie n’est pas stupide, mais honnêtement c’est une profession très bizarre, » Elisabeth Moss a-t-elle avoué il y a plus de trois ans, quand la dernière saison de Mad Men était sur le point de se diffuser. « Mon job est de me lever, et de m’habiller dans les vêtements de quelqu’un d’autre et de […]

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QUOI FAIRE À PARIS EN OCTOBRE

  Octobre signifie que l’automne est arrivé, mais ce n’est pas le moment de se réchauffer avec une tasse de thé chaude devant un bon film, car il y a tellement de choses à faire et à voir à Paris ce mois-ci que vous ne pouvez pas rester à la maison! Un jour sans voitures […]

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ÉCU On-The-Road takes on Prague!

  ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is heading to Prague to share some of the World’s best independent films from upcoming talents with our Czech friends. ÉCU On-The-Road’s debut in Prague will take place on the 12th of October 2017 and is hosted by the prestigious Prague Film School, which is one of […]

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ÉCU On-The-Road prend route à Prague!

  ÉCU – Le Festival de Film Européen Indépendant atterrit à Prague afin de partager quelques-uns de ses meilleurs films indépendants du monde crées par les nouveaux talents, avec nos amis Tchèques. Le début de ÉCU On-The-Road aura lieu à Prague, le 12 Octobre 2017 et sera parrainé par la prestigieuse École de Film de […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: From Afar

  A sexually subversive and darkly violent drama set in the perilous streets of Caracas, From Afar (2015), marks the first feature film from Venezuelan filmmaker Lorenzo Vigas, whose gripping debut is self-consciously marked by violent physical beatings, sexual voyeurism and internalized homophobia that vividly characterizes the age discordant relationship the film’s troubled paramours. The […]

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Spotlight: Pablo Larraín

  Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín has long been considered one of the country’s leading figures in national cinema. Since the mid-2000s, he has ceaselessly reinvigorated Latin American cinema through his neoteric perspectives and rich cultural authenticity in examination of his country’s tumultuous political history, creating a damningly fresh and unyieldingly honest cinematic experience. Larraín’s piercingly […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: JULIETA

  Almodóvar returns with his triumphant 20th feature film, Julieta (2016), undeniably rivalling the seductively psychological narratives, enrapturing emotional cartwheeling and evocatively chromatic visuals of his legendary works – from the exhilaratingly dark Live Flesh (1997), to the intensely passionate Broken Embraces (2009) and the melancholically heart-rending Talk to Her (2002) – all while presenting […]

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ATTENDING FILMMAKERS

A SHORT GUIDE TO RE-ENTRY (United Kingdom) European Dramatic Short Saturday morning / April 9th / 7 Parnassiens, 11:51 Anwar Boulifa is a filmmaker who began documentaries having worked for the BBC, C4. ‘A Short Guide To Re-entry’ is his first short film and was shot with a mainly non-professional cast using improvisation to heighten the sense of […]

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Women in Filmmaking

For the second consecutive year we will be presenting an award close to our heart, The Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking Award, which will go to one of the 18 female film directors that will be competing at ÉCU this year. Unfortunately, the film industry consistently fails to address its gender bias, so we push to […]

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Tannaz Hazemi – Writer / Director Extraordinaire

 Français ©  Photo provided by Elizabeth Bruneau TANNAZ HAZEMI was born in Teheran and escaped with her family to Sweden as a refugee.  After leaving Sweden, she moved to the States and graduated high school in Chicago. Tannaz has published a book on music with MTV Italy,  worked as a freelance journalist and later as on-camera […]

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