MOVIE REVIEW: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

Captain Fantastic is an unusual and almost philosophical movie about the adventures of a very particular family, the Cashes. The Cashes live in the middle of the woods in the Pacific Northwest, conducting a unique style of life. Ben Cash, aka Captain Fantastic who the title refers to, is an authoritative but enlightened father who […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

If any film this year has taught us to look beneath the surface, it is Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea. Reeling from an unspoken tragedy, its misunderstood protagonist, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), oscillates between isolation and sudden aggression. Separated from his family for some time, his gloomy routine is suddenly shaken up when he […]

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DECEMBER UPDATES

It’s been a very busy month for the ÉCU team – as it always is at the end of the year. Between some chocolate cakes and some Portuguese cupcakes we found the time also to shoot some funny videos, but spent most of the time watching film submissions. We shoot a lot in this month […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Kleber Mendonça Filho

  Kleber Mendonça Filho is a Brazilian director, screenwriter, producer, and film critic. Born in 1968 in Recife, Brazil, his films explore the contemporary state of Brazilian society by reflecting the lives of the inhabitants while veering away from Brazilian stereotypes. While Mendonça Filho only began his career as a director and screenwriter in 2004 […]

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January: What to do in Paris

  Happy New Year to all from everyone at ÉCU! It is hard to believe that it is 2017 already, but we guess that just means another year of fun filled activities to do in Paris. January may be the coldest and perhaps the wettest month in Paris but do not let that put you […]

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THROWBACK MOVIE REVIEW: MOULIN ROUGE!

  In the year 1900, a British writer named Christian, sat desperate and alone at his typewriter to narrate the events from one year earlier, when he moved to Montmartre, Paris, to become a writer and contribute to the Bohemian movement. We all know what we’re talking about. It’s the iconic Moulin Rouge! (2001). Directed, […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Jean Rouch

Born in Paris, on May 31st, 1917, Jean Rouch became one of the greatest ethnographic filmmakers of his time. His active career spanned from 1947 to 2002, during which time he directed over 100 short and full-length documentaries and was recognised as one of the founders of cinéma-vérité. Inspired by the idea of shared anthropology, […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Paolo Sorrentino

  Paolo Sorrentino is an Italian filmmaker and screenwriter and the winner of four European Film Awards, one BAFTA, five David di Donatellos, and five Nastri d’Argentos. Sorrentino was born in Naples in 1970, in the neighborhood of “Vomero.” Son of a banker and a housewife, he grew up playing guitar and dreaming of becoming […]

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CineClandestino

  The most wonderful time of the year has started and it brings wonderful news: starting this December, we have a cool new media partner. Let’s give a round of applause for CineClandestino! CineClandestino is an Italian web magazine which focuses on world cinema updates and movie reviews. Started in 2008, CineClandestino now counts 27 […]

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SPOTLIGHT: MANDY WALKER

      Australian director of photography Mandy Walker is one of the few female DoPs working on big-budget feature films today. Walker is renowned for her feature films, which include big names such as Australia (2008), and the most recent, Hidden Figures (2016), as well as a long career in television and commercials. Born in […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them continues to be a great box office success, even more than two weeks after its release. This was predictable, considering the success of the Harry Potter franchise. Fantastic Beasts clearly attempts to recreate the atmosphere of the Potter movies, and it accomplishes this fantastically. The original screenplay was written by […]

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ÉCU has partnered up with Marriott Hotel!

  We are thrilled to announce that this year ÉCU has partnered up with The Paris Marriott Rive Gauche! Not only can you stay close to the Les 7 Parnassiens cinema, where ÉCU screenings will take place, but you can also receive special deals during the festival weekend! Four-star style and unparalleled convenience blend seamlessly at the Paris […]

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Spotlight: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

  Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s early autobiographical works beguilingly introduced his evocative and penetratingly raw directorial style that handles his characters’ immersive, quotidian experiences of alienation and existentialism with a distinctly minimalist approach. The helmer’s picturesque landscapes and subtle yet stylistic music scores imbue an acute sense of ambiguity in his slow-burning narratives, conveying […]

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Movie Review: Moonlight

  Los Angeles-based filmmaker Barry Jenkins’s unique tale of a lost young man’s search for self-discovery while growing up in a tough neighbourhood of Miami conveys a stunningly sincere intimacy and swells with a torrid passion that paints a fiercely compassionate portrait of a young boy’s arduous struggles of burgeoning sexuality and drug addiction. A […]

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Spotlight: Francesca Comencini

  Italian filmmaker and screenwriter Francesca Comencini has directed over a dozen tenderly intimate and passionately expressive films since the release of her debut production in the early 1980s, Pianoforte, a heartfelt drama that set an impressive precedent for the auteur’s poignant and sharply illuminating narrational style, continually offering cuttingly honest and agonisingly raw social […]

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Paris Special Screening

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is bringing you a special night full of awesome films in Paris, La Bellevilloise Club. We will be screening 4 of the best independent films that were a part of ÉCU 2016 Official Selection which will be followed by a Q&A session with the film directors. The screening […]

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Spotlight: Cheryl Dunye

  Liberian-born filmmaker, screenwriter and actress Cheryl Dunye boldly confronts themes of race and gender in her impressive catalogue of cinematically dynamic work, which features refined and intricate examinations of the black lesbian experience that are rendered all the more poignant through their autobiographical influences. Dunye’s use of mixed media through which she crafts narratives […]

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Movie Review: The Videoblogs

  Michael Dibiasio’s feature-length debut, The Videoblogs (2016), one of the most technically radical and creatively unique productions of the year follows the challenging experiences of psychologically troubled, twenty-something year old, Margaret (Rebecca De Ornelas). The discovery of her private video journals by a distressed teenager sparks behemothic changes in the young blogger’s life as […]

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