MOVIE REVIEW: XX

  Released in cinemas earlier this year after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the black-comedy horror anthology film, XX, aims to present audiences with a sombrely eerie and creepily supernatural series of female-driven vignettes, succeeding only in offering semi-original plot substance in its wholly trite psychological-thriller style depictions of the gorier, rather than […]

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Invitation of the Press

ÉCU is pleased to invite the press to come discover the 12th annual edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent film. The Festival will take place April 21st to 23rd 2017 in Paris, France. Since 2006, ÉCU has been dedicated to forging the path for the most daring, […]

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Official Selection 2017: Much More Than A Script Competition

  ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is pleased to announce the 2017 finalists of the Much More Than a Script Competition for it’s 12th edition. This year we received 51 original scripts from 13 different countries. The innovation, creativity and competition this year was absolutely wonderful and has reassured us that our mission to promote […]

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Spotlight: Lisa Cholodenko

  It is true. There are more male than female directors in film. However, what will always remain undeniable and unchangeable is that the sex of a director has nothing to do with what makes a director valuable. He or she has to have a strong vision and passion for film. In order to bring […]

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BALLET REVIEW: TREE OF CODES

  When most theatregoers imagine seeing a ballet at the celebrated Palais Garnier in Paris, they likely envision boisterous scores from Tchaikovsky, ornately crafted tutus, and ethereal ballerinas floating across the stage on their pointe shoes. As a retired dancer, I was also expecting a nostalgic night of classical ballet when I blindly purchased my […]

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ÉCU 2017 WORKSHOPS

  Gareth Jones Saturday, April 22nd // 10:30-11:30 Grande Salle – Les 7 Parnassiens   Trends in Financing and Packaging Independent Films and International Sales The topic of this workshop is packaging cast and talent and sourcing finance for English-language independent films, dealing with sales agents, and selling independent films on the international markets. Gareth Jones […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: A UNITED KINGDOM

  Though few and far between, there have been times when a simple romance changed the course of history. Last year, Jeff Nichol’s Loving captured the true story of an interracial couple in Virginia whose marriage led the Supreme Court to abrogate anti-miscegenation laws across the country. This month, another tale of interracial love that […]

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SPOTLIGHT: DAVID FINCHER

  “Do the best you can and then try to live it down,” is one of American director David Fincher’s favorite quotes to live by. Driven, focused, and unequivocally creative, Fincher is known for his suspenseful and emotion-provoking films, such as Fight Club (1999), Gone Girl (2014), and The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo (2011). […]

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THROWBACK MOVIE REVIEW: BRAZIL

Brazil; 1985s dystopian nightmare is probably the greatest film ever made featuring ductwork and air vents as major plot devices. These tubes clutter up the homes and lives of characters in Terry Gilliams fantasy in a calculated manner: working class family homes are overrun with ducts; classy restaurants and shops have them spewing air through; […]

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Spotlight: Vera Chylitová

  Innovative artist, idiosyncratic filmmaker, revolutionary cultural figurehead. Vera Chytilová ingeniously fuses French New Wave with Italian neorealism, embodies an obstinate rebelliousness that gets her banned by the Czechoslovak government, employs her austere Catholic upbringing to jar audiences with unflinching philosophical questions and triumphantly leaves an eternal mark on world cinema with a simply profound […]

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Submission Judges 2017

We would like to extend a very big thank you to all our submission judges who participated in the 12th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. Each year we strive to highlight the very best independent filmmakers and we are very proud of the reputation that we have garnered over the years. […]

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Throwback Movie Review: Trainspotting

At the time of it’s release over two decades ago, English filmmaker Danny Boyle’s Oscar-nominated dark comedy-drama Trainspotting (1996) made huge waves in the world of cinema that hinted at the lasting mark it would have on pop-culture, accruing a rapidly expanding cult following to this day. The film’s grotesquely raw and hypnotically provocative portrayal of the tumultuous lives […]

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Spotlight: Dev Patel

  How does it feel to be cast for a role based on the fact you’re not as good looking as the competition? In Dev Patel’s case probably pretty good. He won his breakthrough role in Slumdog Millionaire (2008) when Danny Boyle found Bollywood’s actors too traditionally handsome. The former Skins actor’s incarnation as the […]

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Movie Review: Oscar Live Action Shorts

  “Sing” (Hungary), by Kristóf Deák When Kristóf Deák accepted the Oscar for “Sing,” he humbly held up his statue and said, “This is dedicated to the only people who can ultimately make this world a better place: children.” The performances of the film’s 10-year-old actors were no doubt its standout element, making it a sweet […]

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What to Do in March

  Paris International Festival of Psychedelic Music – 3 – 5 March – La Cigale and La Trabendo The Dandy Warhols and Gong headline this 3-day psych-rock fest alongside local flavours such as Le Villejuif Underground. After a few seasons outside of the capital the festival returns to Paris intra-muros for it’s 4th edition. This […]

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February Updates

  Here at ÉCU, we have been busying ourselves in a flurry of lively and eventful preparations for the forthcoming annual edition of the festival, kicking off in less that two months’ time – on 21-23 April at cinéma les 7 Parnassiens in the French capital! ÉCU 2017 will offer a jam-packed program of unique […]

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ÉCU 2017 Official Selection

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival was delighted to screen its Official Selection at its 12th edition. ÉCU 2017 showcased 73 films from 28 countries April 21st to 23rd in Paris, France. European Dramatic Feature  European Dramatic Short European Documentary Non-European Dramatic Feature Non-European Dramatic Short Non-European Documentary Student Film Arab Special Section European […]

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Spotlight: Guillaume Canet

  Guillaume Canet’s sensational, highly diverse acting career has garnered him a reputation rendering him a household name in his native France, as well earning him significant recognition internationally. The celebrated film figure has also thrived in forging the notoriously tricky transition from acting to directing, a delicate evolution that takes as much brazen pluck as it does sensitive […]

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