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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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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Movie Review Throwbacks: Requiem for a Dream

  American heavyweight filmmaker Darren Aronofsky’s surrealist, provocative and disquieting cinematic style has garnered him a highly subversive status throughout the length of his career for the agonizingly violent, austerely sombre and penetratingly frank portrayals of his subject matter imbued at the core of human life. A deep entanglement of lost happiness, distant love, tortured pain and a yearning for fame […]

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Spotlight: Cédric Kahn

  French filmmaker, screenwriter and actor Cédric Kahn made his initial foray into the world of cinema at the age of twenty-one working alongside renowned editor and actor Yann Dedet, on the set of Maurice Pialat’s 1987 ominously arcane drama Under the Sun of Satan. Since then, the acclaimed helmer has written and directed a […]

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Spotlight: Matthew Heineman

  Matthew Heineman has gained a reputation for his eye-opening documentaries, and City of Ghosts is no exception. His latest work takes a look at local journalists who put their lives on the line to cover ISIS atrocities in the besieged city of Raqqa. Heineman says that his inspiration for the documentary first came from […]

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Meet ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival’s Newest Interns!

Lately, many fresh faces can be found around ÉCU’s headquarters. Coming from all over the world, our newest interns are all film-loving, creative individuals. Read through some brief Q&A’s with the latest editions to our staff so you can get to know who’s behind the preparation of ÉCU 2017: Meet: Nina, 22, Paris Q: What […]

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