Spotlight: Giada Colagrande

  Italian director, screenwriter and actress Giada Colagrande has directed a series of deeply intimate and passionate films since the release of her trio of debut short productions, between the late 1990s and the turn-of-the-century: Carnaval, Fetus – 4 brings death, and n.3. The intensely moving dramas set an impressive precedent for the auteur’s transfixing and poignant narrative style, […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: FRANCES HA

  Frances Ha (2012), directed and co-written by Vassar alumni Noah Baumbach, stars co-writer Greta Gerwig as quirky, 27-year-old, aspiring dancer Frances Halladay. The film is beautifully intimate in showcasing Frances’s coming-of-age journey through the tribulations of impending responsibility in adulthood. The independent film debuted at Telluride Film Festival on 1 September 2012 and was […]

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SPOTLIGHT: HONG SANG-SOO

  Described as South Korea’s most cerebral filmmaker, Hong Sang-soo is one of the pioneers of the Korean New Wave Cinema that emerged in the late ‘90s. Stylistically, he is close to another independent film auteur, Jim Jarmusch. Despite the slower pace of Hong’s camera movements, he manages to completely absorb us in a tapestry […]

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#SheShoots : Women Speak Indie

  ÉCU is proud to present #SheShoots, a panel composed of the female film directors in competition at ÉCU 2017. #SheShoots will take place at 11am at Cinéma Le Lincoln on Saturday, April 22nd. It marks almost 100 years since Alice-Guy Blache, revered as the first female film director, wrapped up the last of her 400 […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: LA LA LAND

La La Land may not have won best picture at the Oscars, but the multi award winning musical directed by Damien Chazelle won the majority of our hearts all over the world. Those who said great movies are dead were proven wrong when the stunning Old Hollywood classic graced the big screens last December. The […]

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ÉCU 2017 Jury

PAUL ANDERSON is a former BBC correspondent stationed in Russia, Ukraine, Serbia and Pakistan, now running a small video production and journalism company. He specializes in covering news from the European Union and making video news features on climate change and the environment, as well as sponsored documentaries for the international development community around the world. […]

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MARCH UPDATES

After announcing the 2017 Official Selection last month, here at ÉCU March has flown by at light speed as we have been caught in an exhilarating whirlwind of arrangements for this year’s edition of the festival, less than a month away! As ever, we are cheerily eager to share this month’s developments with you all! […]

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WHAT TO DO IN APRIL IN PARIS

Welcome to Paris in April! Paris in the springtime is known to be one of the most magnificent times of the year. To those who have the chance to visit the city of light this month, you’re in luck! The warm April showers are followed by blue sunny skies and blossoming spring flowers. With such […]

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SPOTLIGHT: J.J. ABRAMS

  Jeffrey Jacob “J.J.” Abrams was born on the east coast of the United States in New York City on 27 June 1966 but was raised on the west coast in Los Angeles with his parents and sister, Tracy Rosen. His mother, Carol Ann Abrams, was an executive producer, his father, Gerald W. Abrams, was […]

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: ARAB SPECIAL SELECTION

  Here at ÉCU, the last few weeks since we have announced our 2017 Official Selection have constituted an especially thrilling time. We have been absorbed in a torrent of busied and lively preparations for the forthcoming annual edition of the festival which will showcase 73 diverse films from 28 countries, between 21st-23rd April in […]

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Watch the ÉCU Launch Party live!

Tonight’s the night, dreams will come true, drinks will be drunk and the hotly anticipated official sizzle reel will be shown. Held in the Saint-Germain-de-Pres, join us for our launch party this evening for a chance to meet the directors, fellow film buffs and the ÉCU 2017 Team. Whats more- with free entrance, a bar, great music […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: XX

  Released in cinemas earlier this year after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the black-comedy horror anthology film, XX, aims to present audiences with a sombrely eerie and creepily supernatural series of female-driven vignettes, succeeding only in offering semi-original plot substance in its wholly trite psychological-thriller style depictions of the gorier, rather than […]

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Invitation of the Press

ÉCU is pleased to invite the press to come discover the 12th annual edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent film. The Festival will take place April 21st to 23rd 2017 in Paris, France. Since 2006, ÉCU has been dedicated to forging the path for the most daring, […]

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Official Selection 2017: Much More Than A Script Competition

  ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is pleased to announce the 2017 finalists of the Much More Than a Script Competition for it’s 12th edition. This year we received 51 original scripts from 13 different countries. The innovation, creativity and competition this year was absolutely wonderful and has reassured us that our mission to promote […]

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Spotlight: Lisa Cholodenko

  It is true. There are more male than female directors in film. However, what will always remain undeniable and unchangeable is that the sex of a director has nothing to do with what makes a director valuable. He or she has to have a strong vision and passion for film. In order to bring […]

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BALLET REVIEW: TREE OF CODES

  When most theatregoers imagine seeing a ballet at the celebrated Palais Garnier in Paris, they likely envision boisterous scores from Tchaikovsky, ornately crafted tutus, and ethereal ballerinas floating across the stage on their pointe shoes. As a retired dancer, I was also expecting a nostalgic night of classical ballet when I blindly purchased my […]

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ÉCU 2017 WORKSHOPS

  Gareth Jones Saturday, April 22nd // 10:30-11:30 Grande Salle – Les 7 Parnassiens   Trends in Financing and Packaging Independent Films and International Sales The topic of this workshop is packaging cast and talent and sourcing finance for English-language independent films, dealing with sales agents, and selling independent films on the international markets. Gareth Jones […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: A UNITED KINGDOM

  Though few and far between, there have been times when a simple romance changed the course of history. Last year, Jeff Nichol’s Loving captured the true story of an interracial couple in Virginia whose marriage led the Supreme Court to abrogate anti-miscegenation laws across the country. This month, another tale of interracial love that […]

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