Spotlight: Ruben Östlund

BAFTA-nominated, Palme d’Or-winning Swedish filmmaker and screenwriter Ruben Östlund has directed a dozen films over the length of his remarkable filmic career, a unique journey which began in the early 1990s with a trio of skiing films – Addicted, Free Radicals and Free Radicals 2 – on the basis of which the young film-enthusiast was […]

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Movie Review: The Circle

The Circle tells the story of an aspiring young woman named Mae Holland from her first day at the very successful Silicon Valley company ‘The Circle’ and then… well… depends if you are watching the film or reading the book. There are characters with the same names in the book and in the film, and […]

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What to Do in August

Marking the apogee of the tropical season, the month of August is always the surest guarantee of days spent lulled on sun-doused beaches and evenings enjoyed lingering on warm café terraces – all scenes which inevitably populate one’s reveries in the dreary wintry months. The French capital is never a city to allow its residents, […]

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July Updates

As the summer season is now in full swing and the hottest month of the year is upon us, we are eager to update our readers as to the nature of our exciting recent developments! At ÉCU, we are relentless in our quest to embolden filmmakers who are wary to present their works or lack […]

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Movie Review: Frantz

A director as inventive as François Ozon would never remake a film in the conventional sense. His latest work Frantz (2016) is technically a re-staging of Broken Lullaby (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932), which follows a German widow, Anna Hoffmeister, in the wake of WWI as she encounters a mysterious Frenchman at the gravesite of her fiancé, […]

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Spotlight: Bruno Dumont

Two-time Grand Jury Prize winning French director, screenwriter and editor Bruno Dumont has directed a decuple of feature films which have garnered him a widely held reputation as the cinematic successor of fellow French helmer, Robert Bresson, in his striking adoption of a minimalist and ascetic filmic approach. Dumont’s contentious body of work has led […]

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Movie Review: Before I Fall

New York-born filmmaker Ry Russo-Young’s first directorial project in 5 years – after her 2012 family drama, Nobody Walks, co-written by Lena Dunham and starring John Krasinski – the teenage mystery drama Before I Fall (2017), asks the viewer: What If Today Was the Only Day of the Rest of Your Life? The rhetorical question […]

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Spotlight: Ousmane Sembene

Widely considered to be one of the most skilled and influential African cinematic storytellers of our modern era, Senegalese filmmaker and author Ousmane Sembene deals with a handful of incredibly powerful themes in his profound oeuvre – from the history of colonialism to the difficulties of religion and the strength of femininity – which staunchly […]

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30% of submission fees to celebrate Bastille Day!

    In honour of France fireworks-effused, mirth-filled, riotously celebratory Bastille day, ÉCU has decided to spoil indie film lovers with our Bastille Day discount! The offer will be in effect at the end of this week, from Thursday 13th to Sunday 17th, presenting all you indie filmmakers with a 30% discount on submission fees for ÉCU […]

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Movie Review: It Comes At Night

  In Trey Edward Shults’ post-apocalyptic chamber drama It Comes At Night (2017), fear of death, outsiders and the unknown opens the door to the monsters of human nature. Set in an unspecified dystopian future, the film presents us with a world ravaged by a highly contagious plague. Among its survivors is Paul (Joel Edgerton), who has undertaken […]

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Movie Review: The Beguiled

Can you make a movie about the Civil War without showing the suffering caused by the enslavement of black people in the South? Since the premiere of Sofia Coppola’s newest movie – The Beguiled – in Cannes earlier this year, this question has been an especially virulent one, especially on the Internet. And once again […]

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What to do in July

Montmartre, décor de cinéma – 12 April 2017 – 14 January 2018 – Musée de Montmartre In the heart of one Paris’ most historically-rich and cultural vibrant neighbourhoods, the art and film hub, Le Musée de Montmartre, offers art lovers a 8 month-long, one-of-a-kind exhibition celebrating the profound, exquisite influence of the eternally revered metropolis […]

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June Updates

As the climatic apex of the sun-soused, skin sweltering summer season is in swift apparition, ÉCU is more eager than ever to capitalise on the exciting developments that occur in the world of cinema in the summer months and share these thrilling times with our loyal readers! This year, ÉCU 2017 – which ran from […]

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Spotlight: Suzanne Osten

Stockholm-born filmmaker, stage director and screenwriter Suzanne Osten’s passionately recounted, socially charged and penetratingly shrewd films undoubtedly show their origins in the auteur’s intriguing family background which colours her oeuvre with sensitive yet perspicuous social commentary. Born to Karl Otto Osten, a toolmaker and social democrat Swedish émigré who fled Nazi Germany and director-writer Gerd […]

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Movie Review: Jeune Femme

A young girl, Paula, is having a mental breakdown, banging her forehead on the front door of an apartment. Later we will realise that she’s lost and broke – financially and psychologically – after living in South America for 10 years. The photographer whose muse she has been for the last decade likes to have […]

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Spotlight: Hirokazu Koreeda

  Since the conception of the the transformative medium, an abundance of film directors have undertaken the lofty goal of exploring the fundamental human problem of the boundary between reality and fantasy, consequently causing them to strive to depict the intersection of the documentary and fictive filmic forms in varying ways. Hirokazu Koreeda’s oeuvre, effused […]

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Movie Review: Before We Go

  Last year’s release of the third instalment of Marvel’s epic box-office franchise, Captain America – Captain America: Civil War – marks the seventh year that Hollywood actor Chris Evans has been dutifully playing the role of adored superhero in the Marvel Universe. Likewise, the impending release of the latest film in Marvel’s sister franchise, […]

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Spotlight: Clio Barnard

Active since the early 2000s, British director and writer Clio Barnard has been widely lauded by the film-loving public and in the international festival scene for her Ken Loach-esque, ‘kitchen sink’ realist yet subtly poetic documentary-style films which place a perspicuous lens on working-class Britons. Barnard’s hauntingly tragic, poignant tales illustrate the social deprivation rife […]

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