What to Do in Paris in November

  This year’s summer season in Paris offered an irresistible cornucopia of thrilling events and spectacles that attracted tourists and locals alike to the buzzing capital for a 3-month long extravaganza, rendering the city a giant playground, celebrating all it has to offer in the arts and entertainment – from electrifying music festivals, to a […]

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ÉCU in Evolution! Film Festival in Mallorca ☀️

  Here at ÉCU, we are thrilled that the 5th annual edition of one of our recent and most exciting festival partnerships, Evolution! Mallorca Film Festival, is just around the corner! Wonderfully, two deeply moving and innovative films from the ÉCU 2016 Official Selection will be screened at the festival this year! EMIFF is at […]

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Movie Review: Jean of the Joneses

  Canadian-born Stella Meghie’s directorial debut, Jean of the Joneses (2016), offers a warmly intimate, hilariously honest portrait of a quarrelling Jamaican-American family and the struggles of its youngest kin, 25-year-old aspiring writer Jean Jones (Taylour Paige), as she navigates her youth and attempts to deal with her stagnant writing career and crumbling relationship. Meghie’s […]

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ÉCU October Updates

  As we have been settling down to the autumn season, this month has been as busy as ever at ÉCU and we are eager to let you all know about our exciting developments! Firstly, we are delighted to announce that we have formed a wonderful new festival partnership with View Conference, Italy’s leading light […]

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Movie Review: American Honey

  British filmmaker Andrea Arnold’s latest film, American Honey (2016), a refreshingly original British coming-of-age drama inspired by the controversial, real-life experiences of a group of American youths in crews travelling from town to town selling magazine subscriptions, not only signals her first production set and filmed outside of the United Kingdom, but also marks […]

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Spotlight: Rebecca Zlotowski

  French auteur and screenwriter Rebecca Zlotowski is at the forefront of a new generation of young, French filmmakers who are injecting a refreshing dynamism in modern French cinema. Zlotowski’s inaugural film, Belle Épine (2010), a harrowing and tender-hearted drama won the 2010 Louis Delluc Prize for best film and earned the lead actress, Lea […]

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Movie Review: Don’t Breathe

  Horror genre helmer Fede Alvarez’s latest production, Don’t Breathe (2016), a crime thriller following a trio of burglars who resolve to rob the home of a sick blind man, only to find themselves trapped in the house struggling to survive in a deadly death chase, offers a succession of smart twists and turns in a […]

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ÉCU goes to ISFFC

  ÉCU’s partner festival, ISFFC – The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, is coming into its 6th year! A festival that started as a national competition, has now expanded to be an international festival and has been our partner for 5 years. ISFFC’s main aim is the promotion of cinematographic art through a diverse showcase […]

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Movie Review: Certain Women

  Florida-born screenwriter and filmmaker Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women (2016), a slow-burning and poignantly dysphoric lamentation examining the interconnecting lives of a group of various women living in Montana – from seasoned lawyer Laura Wells (Laura Dern), to dissatisfied wife Gina Lewis (Michelle Williams) and trainee lawyer Beth Travis (Kristen Stewart) – possesses a stoic […]

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Spotlight: Sofia Coppola

  Following Sofia Coppola’s breakthrough film Lost in Translation (2003), her win for Best Original Screenplay at the 76th Academy Awards resulted in her family becoming the second, three-generation Oscar winning lineage in history. Yet being characterized solely as the daughter of one of cinema’s most prolific giants – Francis Ford Coppola – is a pigeonhole […]

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Movie Review: The Girl on the Train

  One of the year’s most highly anticipated thrillers, The Girl on the Train (2016), a Gone Girl-style psychological drama based on Paula Hawkins’s eponymous, best-selling novel and adapted by Mississippi-based helmer Tate Taylor (“The Help”, “Get on Up”), depicts the rapid mental breakdown of a troubled, recently divorced alcoholic, Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt), whose […]

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What to do in Paris: October

  The autumnal season is officially now in full swing, yet the days slinking by more rapidly, the earlier onset of darkened skies and the prickling crisp air need not dampen your upcoming festivities for the month of October. In fact, with fall in full boom, the city is buzzing with a cornucopia of glorious […]

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Spotlight: Olivier Assayas

  Since the late 1970s, director, screenwriter and film critic Olivier Assayas has amassed a tremendous body of cinematic work that is almost unparalleled by his contemporaries in its verve and heterogenic nature, whilst fortuitously receiving wide commercial recognition. The Parisian native began his career with a string of short films whilst writing as a […]

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ÉCU September Updates

  We’ve had yet another superb month here at ÉCU with the first month of the autumnal season winding to an end and we’re eager to divulge all the developments of the last couple of weeks to our devoted readers! First and foremost, we are revving up our search for the best crop of talented […]

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Spotlight: Amma Asante

  Over the last decade, British director and screenwriter Amma Asante has steadily produced sensitively nuanced and grippingly dynamically depictions of the vast challenges faced by those whose existences are, incidentally, anathema to the accepted norms of the society in which they live. Through her redolent tales of illicit love and the interminable hardships of […]

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Spotlight: Ana Lily Amirpour

  American filmmaker, screenwriter and actor Ana Lily Amirpour has niftily crafted a uniquely dark and effortlessly cool cinematic aesthetic which has caused her to make significant waves in the indie film scene, since her foray into professional filmmaking in 2009. Debuting with a string of short films before the release of her breakthrough feature […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: From Afar

  A sexually subversive and darkly violent drama set in the perilous streets of Caracas, From Afar (2015), marks the first feature film from Venezuelan filmmaker Lorenzo Vigas, whose gripping debut is self-consciously marked by violent physical beatings, sexual voyeurism and internalized homophobia that vividly characterizes the age discordant relationship the film’s troubled paramours. The […]

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Spotlight: Pablo Larraín

  Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín has long been considered one of the country’s leading figures in national cinema. Since the mid-2000s, he has ceaselessly reinvigorated Latin American cinema through his neoteric perspectives and rich cultural authenticity in examination of his country’s tumultuous political history, creating a damningly fresh and unyieldingly honest cinematic experience. Larraín’s piercingly […]

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