Spotlight – Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway was born on November 12, 1982 and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother Kathleen Hathaway, who is also an actress, led Anne into pursuing her own career. She first gained major popularity in 2004 when “The Princess Diaries” was premiered. After that she has played in many major films such as […]

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Spotlight – Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina Rachel Tsangari is a notable member of what-is-called the “Greek Weird Wave”, the new era of Greek cinema, along with Lanthimos, Avranas and many other Greek film directors. The international success of these filmmakers is what has gained attention to the Greek cinema once again. The 47 year old film director, writer and producer […]

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Spotlight – Sarah Polley

Canadian Sarah Polley is a triple threat: actress, director, and activist. Polley first broke into the film world by acting in series such as Ramona and Road to Avonlea. Her stellar roles in Straight Up and in the 1997 film The Sweet Hereafter, were what brought her considerable attention in the United States. She won the Gemini Award for Best Performance in […]

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Spotlight – Mia Hansen-Løve

This week our spotlight focuses on Mia Hansen-Løve, a young but already acknowledged French filmmaker within the world of independent cinema. Mia is just 32 years old and is currently working on her fourth feature film called Eden that will be released next year. Director and screenwriter, Mia Hansen-Løve, started her career in 1998 as […]

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Spotlight – Gianfranco Rosi

This week we will be focusing on film director Gianfranco Rosi and his most recent achievement, prestigious Golden Lion award for the best film at the Venice Film Festival 2013 that he won with his documentary film Sacro GRA. An important fact to begin with is that the film was a first documentary to win […]

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Spotlight – EuroIFC

  This week’s spotlight is dedicated to… us! It’s not that we’ve become self centred, but we want to share our enthusiasm and introduce you to our new project, EuroIFC, a free and legal film-viewing platform. The channel is the brain child of the same active and dynamic team behind ÉCU and showcases independent films […]

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Spotlight – Sylvain Chomet

In this week’s spotlight we are turning our attention to the fascinating universe of animation and to one of the animation world’s most respected and acclaimed filmmakers: Sylvain Chomet. Born in France in 1963, Sylvain Chomet spent the majority of his free time during childhood perfecting his cartoonish drawing style and followed an education path […]

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Spotlight – Manoel de Oliveira

Born on the 12th of December 1908 in Oporto, Portugal, Manoel Candido Pinto de Oliveira is currently the oldest movie director in action. Even though he wanted to become an actor when he was younger, his dreams eventually changed and he made his first film, “Douro, Faina Fluvial” when he was 23. This was a […]

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Spotlight – Atiq Rahimi

This week’s spotlight is presenting you Atiq Rahimi, a French-Afghan writer and filmmaker. Originally from Kabul, Rahimi was forced to leave his home country after the Soviet invasion and after a year of refuge in Pakistan he received political asylum in France where he started his career in television as a commercial and documentary producer. […]

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Spotlight – Ingrid Bergman

This week, ÉCU decided to go back to the classics and spotlight one of the greatest actresses of all time, the lovely Ingrid Bergman. Ingrid Bergman was born on the 29th of August 1915 in Stockholm into a Swedish-German family. Ingrid had a difficult childhood; her mother died when she was just three and her […]

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Spotlight – François Cluzet

François Cluzet is a famous French theatre and film actor. However, internationally he is most likely best known for his role as the paralysed rich man Philippe in the hit „The Intouchables“ (Les intouchables) which came out in 2011. In March 2012, the film even managed to become the highest-grossing non-English language film yet released! […]

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Spotlight – Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig, with full name Greta Celeste Gerwig, is a fascinating actress for ÉCU, because she is known as one of the main participants in the so called Mumblecore mouvement, which is characterized as a sub genre of the American independent film. This genre is mainly focusing on low budget production values and amateur actors […]

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Spotlight – Ferzan Özpetek

Ferzan Özpetek is an Italian filmmaker with Turkish origins. This unique director and screenwriter was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1959 and in 1976 he moved to Rome, Italy to study film history at La Sapienza University. In Italy he started working with theater companies and in 1982 he began his career in the film […]

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