SPOTLIGHT: HOUDA BENYAMINA

  Houda Benyamina is a French writer/director/actress/all-around amazing woman. She was born into a Moroccan family, in Viry-Châtillon in 1980. She remembers her  childhood fondly, recalling her middle school experience as the „best years of her life.“ She credits her neighborhood for „sharpening her tongue.“ It was then and there, in the southern suburbs of Paris, […]

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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: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is one of the most successful French directors of the modern era. His distinctive, whimsical style that can be described as a throwback to cinematic impressionism renders his oeuvre instantly recognizable. Of the several unique trademarks which characterize his films – including a focus on objects, the creation of quirky characters and the […]

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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN JANUARY

Français  Art Anselm Kiefer – Centre Pompidou, Until 18th April Born in 1945 in a little town in Bade-Wurtemburg, Anselm Kiefer is a child of post-war Germany, indelibly marked by his country’s defeat and national silence on the legacy of Nazism. From these beginnings grew an artistic obsession with the framing of historical events in […]

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SPOTLIGHT – LUC BESSON

  Français   This Friday, ÉCU decides to give the spotlight to a French film director, writer and producer, who is often described as « the most Hollywood of French filmmakers ». ÉCU presents you, Luc Besson! He was born in 1959, in Paris. When he was 17 years old, he had a diving accident, it led him […]

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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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Spotlight: Léa Seydoux

In her childhood she had wanted to become an opera singer but gave up that dream because of her timid nature. At the age of 18 she became interested in acting and not only did she manage to overcome her shyness, in only 10 years she managed to play some of the most provocative film […]

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Spotlight: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Français The French-British born actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of the British actress and singer Jane Birkin and of the legendary French singer Serge Gainsbourg is now a recognized character in the musical and cinematographic domain. Under the impulse of her mother, she got her first role at age thirteen in the movie PAROLES ET MUSIQUE […]

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