MOVIE REVIEW: SING STREET

  Sing street tells the story of a teenager called Conor who sets up a band in order to attract a beautiful girl named Raphina that he met on the street. This is John Carney’s third independent musical film since Once & Begin Again. The soundtrack was composed by Danny Wilson frontman Gary Clark, and […]

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Guess who’s going to Mexico – ÉCU-On-The-Road is!

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has joined together with new partner festival, The International Film Festival Celayas (FICC), who will be hosting a screening of selected films from ÉCU 2017 Winners. The festival takes place on the 24th – 26th of November in Celaya, Mexico. We are very excited! Films being screened have […]

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SPOTLIGHT: TOM HARDY

    You will probably have no problem recognising the man in this picture. He is now indisputably one of Hollywood’s biggest actors, but before he rose to fame Tom Hardy was just an actor of humble beginnings, living in London.  Tom’s steady rise to fame began after being cast in the WW2 miniseries Band […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: LOVING VINCENT

  “Loving Vincent” is a film written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman and is a story exploring the circumstances of Vincent Van Gogh’s death. The story picks up a year after his death in Arles, where a local Postman named Roulin (played by Chris O’Dowd) asks his son Armand (played by Douglas […]

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SPOTLIGHT: PAUL DANO

  This week’s spotlight is dedicated to indie film darling Paul Dano. Born in 1984 in New York City, he’s been an actor for over two thirds of his life, across a plethora of mediums, depicting a wide spectrum of characters. But one thing remains constant across his dozens of roles: passion. Dano got his […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE KILLING OF A SECRET DEER

  Though shrouded in enigmas, Yorgos Lanthimos’ disturbing new film leaves a simple question lingering in the mind: Why, of all things, is it called “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”? Seemingly irrelevant as one watches the film unfold, the darkly allusive title is, in fact, at the very heart of the drama’s uncanny logic. […]

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SPOTLIGHT: JIA ZHANGKE

  Jia Zhangke is a prominent name in Chinese independent film industry, whose films have received critical praise and have been recognized internationally. In his films, Jia tends to focus on humanity and narrate stories in a documentary way rather than using magic realism. His films treat themes of alienated youth, contemporary Chinese history and globalization. […]

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WHAT TO DO IN NOVEMBER IN PARIS

  November is an awesome time to be in Paris! As things start to cool down, there are less and less tourists, so it’s the perfect time to hit up the museums and cinemas around town. It’s not too cold just yet, so it’s the perfect time to get out of the house and see […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: LIGHTS OUT

  What do you do if you have a strong idea for a short film but no funding to make it? You make it yourself at home, in your flat, with your wife. This is what David F. Sandberg did anyway. The concept of his story is very simple: Lotta Lotsen (the film director’s wife) switches […]

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OCTOBER UPDATES

‎ October is coming to a close, and we’ve been up to quite a lot here at ÉCU! This month, we’ve reviewed Good Time, All These Sleepless Nights, Mother!, and The Florida Project. We’ve also shone our spotlight on Elizabeth Moss, Lone Scherfig, Houda Benyamina, and most recently, Abdellat Kechiche. You can see all of […]

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SPOTLIGHT: ABDELLATIF KECHICHE

  Whether you idolize him, vilify him, or are torn about your views on him — there is no denying that Abdellatif Kechiche has made a profound and lasting mark on the French filmmaking world. With his characteristically long yet ambitious takes, his search for beauty in realism, and his passionate political engagement, Kechiche has become […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE FLORIDA PROJECT

  The emotional power of Sean Baker’s new film The Florida Project is that it wins your heart so completely before it breaks it. Its 7-year-old star Brooklynn Prince plays Moonee, an irresistible ball of energy living with her ex-stripper mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) in a rundown motel called The Magic Castle on the outskirts […]

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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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MOVIE REVIEW: ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

  “All These Sleepless Nights” is a movie directed by a polish up’n’coming new talent Michal Marczak, who is by all means one of the most progressive and interesting directors to follow. At Sundance his latest feature was classified as a documentary (nomination – “best film”, won “best director”). Maneuvering between documental observation and the […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Lone Scherfig

  What makes Lone Scherfig special is her way of making romantic, humorous films that make you compassionate for other people. She shows vulnerability within her characters and makes us see them and feel the same. She is inspired by her Nordic heritage and believes that it helps one learn to live contentedly with what […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: GOOD TIME

  Since Nightcrawler, no film has better distilled American malaise better than the Safdie brothers’ ironically-named Good Time (2017). The film stars Robert Pattinson in a breakout role as Connie Nikas, an on-the-lam criminal in New York City trying to bail his mentally disabled brother Nick out of jail following a failed bank heist. As […]

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SPOTLIGHT: ELISABETH MOSS

  “Acting is not stupid, but it’s a very strange profession, honestly,” confessed Elisabeth Moss more than three years ago, when the last season of Mad Men was about to air. “My job is to get up, and get dressed in someone else’s clothes, and go and pretend that I’m someone else. Who does that?” […]

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FILM REVIEW: MOTHER!

  One need only to look at film reviews for “Mother!” to realise that the film has been polarizing to say the least. On the one hand it’s been lauded: ”no gob left unsmacked in Jennifer Lawrence’s anxiety dream of horror and dismay.” (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian) and on the other hand it’s been called “the […]

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