The 13th edition of ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival will showcase 81 films from 37 countries on May 4th, 5th, 6th 2018 in Paris, France.

European Dramatic Feature 
European Dramatic Short
European Documentary
Non-European Dramatic Feature
Non-European Dramatic Short
Non-European Documentary
Student Film
Arab Special Selection
European Music Video
European Comedy Film
Experimental Film
European Animated Film
Much More Than A Script Competition

European Dramatic Feature

 

Merrick

Director: Benjamin Diouris

Country: France

10 years after an epidemic that killed the majority of the population, Stanislas Merrick, former boxing champion, survives alone near a remote lake. His daily life is shocked by the arrival of Esther, a teenager who escaped from a Survival Camp. Trailer here.

 

Nightfall

Director: Simon Aeby

Country: Switzerland

Suddenly confronted with disturbing nightmares and harrowing daydreams, schoolteacher Alex Darkley is forced to explore the dark secrets hidden in his youth.

 

Route 66

Director: Najib Ghallale

Country: Belgium

Nourredine Zerrad, aka Noon, is a 37 years old filmmaker who started making movies in 1993. His journey and his never-ending quest supported by a crazy dream motivated this project. In 2013 he meets Jean-Claude Van Damme who offers him to work on his latest film, Eagle Path aka Full Love. Trailer here.

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Too Much Info Clouding Over My Head

Director: Vasilis Christofilakis

Country: Greece

Vasilis is an overanxious young director and great aficionado of cult horror movies who is desperately searching for success. His first film Gay Nazi Cyborg Zombies in Love was a total flop. Now with his fear of getting cancer growing (a friend told him that his testicles can switch places on his sleep) Vasilis has to go all in. Trailer here.

 

Waiting Room

Director: Alexander Leontaritis

Country: Cyprus

Four total strangers wake up, one after the other, under mysterious circumstances, in what seems to be an abandoned warehouse. When they first meet they don’t know each other, and they seem to be completely unrelated. A first attempt to find a way out of the building leads nowhere. There is no door to the outside world. What’s more, they realize that they all suffer a strange form of selective memory loss. Trailer here.

European Dramatic Short

 

Aquathlon

Director: Alexey Shabarov

Country: Russian Federation

A mother sent the teenager to learn how to swim with a good trainer. After the first class, the boy staged a local revolution in the pool. It seemed more important to resist than to learn how to swim.

 

Aziza

Director: Jochem de Vries

Country: Netherlands

Aziza is unwanted pregnant and she is irritated by the behaviour of her older brother who interferes with her life a lot. Or does his meddling have other reasons? Trailer here.

 

Downunder

Director: Fernando González Gómez

Country: Spain

In the year ’81, Daniel is traveling to the Tenant population, in the American Southwest. The sun is beating and affects the engine of the old familiar chevy. Daniel stops on the roadside of a sand sea shore. In this place there are very few cars, it is not advisable to travel alone. If those ditches talk… Trailer here.

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Guests Always Return

Director: Diego Sabanés

Country: Spain

Laura and Miguel are a perfect couple. Who wouldn’t want to live in their house? Trailer here.

 

Has#tag

Director: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

Country: Belgium

Marie gets to know Kevin online, the most sweetest and romantic boy she ever spoke…She’s already dreaming of their future together, but then he asks for nude pictures… Trailer here.

 

Les Miserables

Director: Ladj Ly

Country: France

In a modern day Parisian neighborhood of Victor Hugo’s novel, a new transfer cop learns abusive policing practices of two veterans. When a young boy records them going too far, the community threathens to explode. Trailer here.

 

 

 

 

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Lockdown

Director: Koen Van Sande

Country: Belgium

A story about paranoia and misunderstandings in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Brussels’ International Airport. Focusing on the multi-cultural neighbourhood of Molenbeek which is under enormous pressure and dealing with racial prejudice. Louis is like a hunted deer, looking for a way out of a world he doesn’t know. Trailer here.

 

Mobius Bond

Director: Emilija Riviere

Country: Lithuania

A girl experiences strange body symptoms, which become an evidence of a Mobius-like topology of the Universe.

 

Nation Down

Director: Liam Hendrix Heath

Country: UK

On a strange world locked in a dystopian nightmare, an oppressive regime is met with riots and rebellion. Desperate to suppress chaos, the king triggers a perverse manipulative scheme before risking his dominance in a warped bid for companionship. Trailer here.

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No Ghosts

Director: Ragnar Snorrason

Country: Iceland

Trying to come to terms with the loss of her brother, eight-year-old Ruth leaves a birthday party during a game of hide and seek and goes searching for his ghost. Trailer here.

 

On The Bench

Director: Csaba Vékes

Country: Hungary

Márton is a substitute for a third-class soccer team, but he dreams that he can have a professional career. But there is real conflict also, as his wife can not have a hobby for herself. Two tired people struggle for their own independence while forgetting the most important thing. Trailer here.

 

Scratched Blue Sky

Director: Cyrus Esfandiari

Country: Netherlands

Five-year old Farah from Syria witnessed her parents death by bombardment in Aleppo. Now she is in a refugee camp in The Netherlands with her uncle Zayan who lost his wife and only son in the war. Tailer here.

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Sparta North

Director: Julia Hart

Country: UK

A young woman visiting her hometown is on her way to a party when she suffers a shocking accident. Can she still face the people from her past? A fable about regrets and returning home. Trailer here.

 

Sweetheart

Director: Johan Egholm Nielsen

Country: Denmark

On a derelict farm, far from civilization lives an abused, mute and mentally challenged man with his mother, who is a serial killer. One day, he falls in love with a woman, who his mother has kidnapped, and he is forced to break loose from his mother’s claws, so that the love can blossom between him and the kidnapped woman.

 

#tagged

Director: Martijn Winkler

Country: Netherlands

Elise is a 14 year old girl constantly on her mobile phone. Her phone turns from being her best friend to her worst enemy. We view 24 hours in the life of a young teenager, from the perspective of her smartphone. Trailer here.

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The Elephant

Director: Kerren Lumer-Klabbers

Country: Denmark

Magnus celebrates his birthday and as usual he entertains his guests with crazy stories. Everybody knows that he is lying but no one says anything. As the party progresses his stories gets crazier and one lie leads to another, and another. Trailer here.

 

The Girls Were Doing Nothing

Director: Dekel Berenson

Country: UK

A study into the conflicting nature of love and the human soul – our basic needs for stability, comfort and routine which clash with equally strong desires for novelty, variety and freedom. For Jake and Martha, communication has become an obligation; intimacy has become a rarity; and love itself has become a cliché.

 

Wave

Director: Benjamin Cleary, TJ O’Grady Peyton

Country: Ireland

A man wakes up from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognisable language, baffling linguistics experts from around the globe. Trailer here.

*This film comes from our Festival partner Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

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Wren Boys

Director: Harry Lighton

Country: UK

On the day after Christmas, a Catholic priest from Cork drives his nephew to prison. Trailer here.

European Documentary

 

Koka The Butcher

Director: Bence Máté

Country: Germany

Koka is a respected figure in Cairo’s suburban scene of pigeon racers. But the 30-year-old faces unbearable social pressure to leave pigeoneering behind, settle down and marry.For the first time the legendary pigeon races of Cairo are captured on camera. Trailer here.

 

Nowhere To Hide

Director: Zardasht Ahmed

Country: Norway

Nowhere to Hide follows male nurse Nori Sharif through five years of dramatic change, providing unique access into one of the world’s most dangerous and inaccessible areas – the “triangle of death” in central Iraq. When ISIS advances on Jalawla in 2014 and takes over the city, he too must flee with his family at a moment’s notice, and turns the camera on himself. Trailer here.

 

Rezo

Director: Leo Gabriadze

Country: Georgia, Russian Federation

Rezo is a movie told and painted by Rezo Gabriadze, Georgian artist, writer and creator of Marionette theatre. The movie is an autobiographical animated documentary questioning ideas of deep humanity, kindness and heartiness during uneasy times after the 2nd World War.

Non-European Dramatic Feature

 

Call For Dreams

Director: Ran Slavin

Country: Israel

In a rain drenched Tokyo, from a high rise apartment, Eko complicates her life by publishing a ‘call for dreams’ ad in the newspaper. As unexpected callers start to leave descriptions of dreams on her analogue answering machine, she sets out on a road to the unknown. Trailer here.

 

Kafou

Director: Bruno Mourral

Country: Haiti

Port-au-Prince by night. Doc and Zoe are just hired to deliver an unknown package. Their job comes with three essential rules: never stop the car, never roll down the windows, never open the trunk. At a crossroad, they stumble upon a dog. Each crossroad requires a sacrifice. Their decision will change their path irreversibly. Trailer here.

 

Peaches

Director: Hector Valdez

Country: Dominican Republic

When Diego’s girlfriend decides to leave him after a disastrous anniversary getaway, he will find any means possible to amend or fix what happened. Even if it means competing with different versions of himself when traveling through time. Trailer here.

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The Trial

Director: John Williams

Country: Japan

Yosuke Kimura wakes on his 30th birthday to find two strange men in his room who tell him he is under arrest. A contemporary re-imagining of Kafka’s classic tale, retold as a warning and a parable for our ‘post-truth’ age. Trailer here.

Non-European Dramatic Short

 

6ate7

Director: Maggie Kiley

Country: Australia

Tim joyfully discovers a letter from Emma’s gynaecologist. It can only mean the good news that she is pregnant – something they have been trying to do for a very long time. He playfully pushes her if she has something to tell him, a game which quickly descends into lies and accusations. What appeared to be betrayal was, in fact, the highest love and greatest sacrifice.

 

Anna Karenina

Director: Yana Sar

Country: USA

Mr. White is a successful businessman in denial of his mental condition. One day he receives a gift that triggers displaced memories from the past. Seeking the truth, Mr. White takes a trip to the house that he grew up in. Once there, he is finally revealed the truth of his past and must accept his current reality in order to face his inevitable future. Trailer here.

 

Béa

Director: José Esteban Pavlovich Salido

Country: Mexico

Seven-year-old Béa’s world changes as her young mother tries to reconnect with her estranged aunt in this love-letter to misunderstanding. Trailer here.

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Before The Coming

Director: Yu Jing

Country: China

A young Chinese man confides in his best friend that he has had a sexual encounter with a man who later tells him he has AIDS. A confrontation about getting tested ensues.

 

Birth Permit

Director: Zhang Yu

Country: China

He Zhen, a female public officer, married a stranger to obtain a birth permit for her second child. Getting through the red tape, there were many difficulties, and then the one-child policy was stopped by the Chinese government. But the crisis between the couple is just beginning.

 

 

Passion Gap

Director: Matt Portman, Jason Donald

Country: South Africa

Elani survived her brutal childhood by carefully watching people. Now she plans to use her relationship with Mikey to get out of Cape Town for good. All she has to do is manage her ego for one more night, but the seeds of violence were planted in her early on.

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Real Connection

Director: Thierry Denis

Country: USA

Cedric, a self-conscious young man, is convinced by his friend to try the new auto-conversation features of a popular dating app: Real Connection. Trailer here.

 

Retouch

Director: Kaveh Mazaheri

Country: Iran

In the corner of the home, Maryam’s husband does weightlifting. Suddenly, the weight falls on his throat and puts him between life and death. Maryam tries to save him, but she just decides to stop helping and stand and watch her husband’s death. Trailer here.

 

The Denodnaba Prologue

Director: Brett Leigh

Country: USA

A victorian woman begins her day in distress. She is keeping a person inside her basement and begins to lecture her about the nature of her captivity. The captive sharply inhales, taking her to a different world in which she is physically free from her chains but is haunted by the inescapability of her situation. Trailer here.

Non-European Documentary

 

#TAKEMEANYWHERE

Director: Shia Labeouf, Nastja Rönkkö & Luke Turner

Country: USA, UK, Finland

LaBeouf, Rönkkö and Turner embark on a month-long project to hitchhike the internet, posting their coordinates online each day and waiting for a ride, with their path entirely in the hands of the public.

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Grind

Director: Yuri Alves

Country: USA

GRIND is a hybrid documentary that presents the true story of Robert Wilmote (as himself): a Liberian refugee turned gangster and convicted felon in Newark, NJ, who transforms and turns his life around through fitness and helping others. Trailer here.

 

Letter To My Mother

Director: Branislav Jankic

Country: USA

An impactful look into the lives of mothers suffering from addiction in the United States. The project strives to lift the stigma of addiction and create and international support system for those suffering from this disease, particularly mothers. Trailer here.

Student Film

 

Broken

Director: Alex Mironescu

Country: Romania

After disappearing without any explanation for several days, a woman returns to her boyfriend’s house. They are about to decide what will happen with their relationship.

 

Burn Bridge

Director: Rhys Jones

Country: UK

Closeted teenager Harry has fallen for Jamie, his closest friend in their homostigmatic friendship group. When Lucy arrives on the scene, Harry must contend for Jamie’s attention, bringing his true feelings closer to light.

 

Chimère

Director: Vaillant Nathan

Country: France

After committing a professional misconduct, Anna returns home and discovers the infidelity of her husband. Trailer here.

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Facing Mecca

Director: Jan-Eric Mack

Country: Switzerland

Pensioner Roli comes to Fareed’s assistance when the Syrian refugee is faced with the burial of his Muslim wife. Together they stumble into a bewildering forest of Swiss bureaucracy to which Roli finds a beautifully simple answer… Trailer here.

 

It’s Just A Gun

Director: Brian Robau

Country: USA

‘It’s Just A Gun’ is only one chapter in this story. When a young boy named Gabe finds a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, it will set in motion a series of events that will change him forever. Trailer here.

 

Mariela

Director: Victoria Romero

Country: Argentina, UK

A girl remembers the tragic story of the woman that was her nanny.

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Queen Of Oasis

Director: Lynn Oona Baur

Country: Germany

At a war-damaged block of buildings, Manal encounters Dima hiding out there. Manal is fleeing from the war. When Dima is jeopardized, Manal is forced to face her fears.

 

Quick’n’Clean

Director: Maria-Kristin Neheimer

Country: Germany

Ria is a young girl working at a dry cleaner’s. But when her blood-soaked boyfriend stumbles into the shop, looking for help, her life takes an unexpected turn… Trailer here.

 

She’eriot

Director: Yael Arad Zafrir

Country: Israel

A devoted wife takes care of her disabled husband leaving her with unmet needs. Trailer here.

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The Incident

Director: Meedo Taha

Country: USA

At a bus stop near Beirut, a veiled Lebanese woman and a migrant Syrian worker get in a tumultuous moment and are arrested. They must argue their innocence in the face of the only witnesses: a bus full of women on their way to Koran school, each with her version of the truth.

 

Arab Special Selection

 

Fareed

Director: Rudy Barichello

Country: Canada

Fareed is a sensitive and discreet poet, whose passion is calligraphy. He is a young man of Berber origin who has a sewing workshop in his apartment in Montreal. In recent times, the news media is dominated by stories about violence and barbaric acts done in the name of Islam. At first, Fareed doesn’t react at the accusing finger pointed at all Muslims. Finally, Fareed is forced to react. Trailer here.

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Skin

Director: Inaam Attar

Country: Lebanon

Aline, a 17 year old girl is rebelling against her mother who is also her teacher at school. The girl and the mother end up having a very intense argument – but there is a much deeper, darker secret involved. Trailer here.

 

Take My Hand

Director: Serge Majdalany

Country: Lebanon

As the shelling intensifies, Nadim (an aspiring actor) is among the neighbors that rush down to the bomb shelter. Leyla, a young Syrian girl, softly weeps over her torn teddy bear. In the midst of despair and chaos, Leyla and the occupants are met with magic. Trailer here.

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Wasati

Director: Ali Kalthami

Country: Saudi Arabia

Wasati is based on true events that happened during a play in Riyadh 10 years ago when a group of extremists attacked the theater and the play was shut down. That story shook the society and it was all over the news. Trailer here.

 

Zahraa

Director: Wareth Kwaish

Country: Iraq

Zahraa is a 13-year- old girl who goes to the mosque on a normal day to learn Quran reading.
She reaches maturity inside the mosque! Trailer here.

European Music Video

 

Famelica

Director: Basculante

Country: Italy

Using cannibalism as a metaphor, the video tells the story of a girl who seems unable to deal with her own emotionality, her human relations being marked by a high degree of inaffectivity.

 

 

KCPK-The End

Director: Loïc Andrieu

Country: France

The cinematic video is capturing a teenage girl’s worst nightmare through adolescent angst, bathed in underlying sexual tension, and depicts the inevitable end of youth and purity.

 

 

NEOMADiC – Languid Flowz

Director: Sean Cunningham

Country: Ireland

Official music for Nomadics single ‘Languid Flowz’, featuring their two space faring mascots. Trailer here.

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Split Second

Director: Guillaume Letellier

Country: France

A retro-futuristic atmosphere where opposites attract between freeze frame and movement, soft focus and close-up. The alternative style and light-dark ambiance are enhanced by a surprising visual syncretism. Trailer here.

 

 

Stardust

Director: Etienne Fu-Le Saulnier

Country: France

Within Death’s lair, a young girl wanders through the darkness, chased by mysterious shadows. In this mystical journey between dreams and fatality, she will have to dance for her salvation. Trailer here.

 

 

Stop Us

Director: This is Felo

Country: UK, Spain

A new perception of space and the human sensuality. An oneiric trip between overwhelming landscapes and anonymous bodies.

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The End Was Yesterday

Director: Cristina Vieira

Country: Portugal

The transformation, metamorphosis and the hope for a rebirth in the transmutation of the oneself, taking place in a wild, inhospitable, suffocating world.

 

Voices

Director: Robin Goethals

Country: Belgium

The story of Voices is based on the sacrifice of a boy who lived hundreds of years ago and was eventually found in a bog, still surprisingly intact. He and other people who shared the same fate later became known as the Bog Bodies.

 

Wall

Director: Felix Räuber, Nora Otte

Country: Germany

The ‘Wall’ seems to become unconquerable, anger festers and swells. However, an encounter between the creative child and the assumed superiority of the adult leads to forgiveness and reconciliation, and the ‘Wall’ comes to fall.

 

European Comedy Film

 

Punchline

Director: Cristophe M. Saber

Country: Switzerland

Two wannabe gangsters can’t decide on the coolest thing to say before shooting Michael. Trailer here.

 

 

The Headlight

Director: Ionut Gaga

Country: Romania

God upholds there are still honest men in the world, but the Devil disagrees. A bet worth ten thousand souls is settled. Those souls will hang in the high moral principles balance of Radu Iovan. Rushing to meet his daughter who is leaving the country, he is pulled over because of a broken headlight. Trailer here.

 

 

Deux Dollars

Director: Emmanuel Tenenbaum

Country: France

After a week of leave, Sylvie is back at the Quebec company where she has been an exemplary employee for more than 15 years. She is then requested to attend a bizarre meeting. Trailer here.

*This film comes from our Festival partner Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

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Whip In Toilet

Director: Ben Mallaby

Country: UK

Rachel is having a bad night out. We see the evening unfold through the moments she spends in the bathroom.

 

 

Experimental Film

 

Escape Route

Director: Dirk Koy

Country: Switzerland

A 360° trip through photogrammed city pieces of Basel. A visual score to the music of Boris Blank (Yello). Trailer here.

 

Plasma Vista

Director: Harriet Fleuriot, Sara Faulkner, Sarah Cockings

Country: UK

Objects and devices become bodily and manipulative. A filmic exhibit and retail site that morphed into an experimental piece of moving image occupying the dual space between utility and art. Trailer here.

*This film comes from our Festival partner Eindhovens Film Festival.

 

The Third Breath

Director: Jonathan Mandel

Country: France

The third breath deploys as the synergetic meeting between three individualities. This multidisciplinary project builds itself on a set of rhythms and balance which prevails the sobriety. Trailer here.

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Think Of Something Blue

Director: Jerry De Mars

Country: Netherlands, Greece

Think of something blue is based on a Dutch Poem by Martijn den Ouden. It portrays a man, dealing with loneliness and mourning, comforted by memories of his loved one. Trailer here.

 

 

 

European Animated Film

 

[O]

Director: Mario Radev and Chiara Sgatti

Country: United Kingdom

[O] is a film that imitates nature in its manner of operation. The animation depicts cycles in a world entirely based on sound frequency and vibration. Trailer here.

 

Don’t Think of a Pink Elephant

Director: Suraya Raja

Country: UK

Don’t Think of a Pink Elephant enters the world of a teenage girl fighting daily against compulsive thoughts and urges. Layla is terrified by her potential to do harm, until challenged to face her darkest fears. Trailer here.

 

Eyes Everywhere

Director: Daniel Bernhardt

Country: Austria

In a cold and sterile world Kaskador feels more and more uncomfortably watched. He decides to take a closer look behind the secret of the mysterious observer-drones and follows them to their maze. A musical parable about “surveillance”. Trailer here.

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Marvin

Director: Heather Rodgers

Country: UK

Marvin wanders through a multitude of enviroment, changing as he is exposed to each one. When he get’s home his true self is revealed. Or is it? Trailer here.

 

Planet Tobler

Director: Aran Quinn

Country: Ireland, U.S.A.

Travel with us to the furthest reacher of our galaxy, where for the first time in history we bring you documented footage, of an alien planet, and it’s wildlife…never…seen…before. Trailer here.

 

 

The box

Director: Dusan Kastelic

Country: Slovenia

Life in the Box is boring and miserable. Until one day when a new baby boy starts to grow in the middle of the Box! This baby is very different from other flat-headed inhabitants of the Box. One day he literally grows over their heads… Trailer here.

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Much More Than A Script Competition 

SHORT SCRIPTS

Cherry Glazed by Christine Sherwood (USA)
L’ombra del Padre by Agnese Tomba (Italy)
Too Much Bupkis by Tom Brown & Dave Jay (USA)

FEATURE LENGTH SCRIPTS

The Fable of the Wounded Healer by Rebecca de Fargues (UK)
The Forgotten Patron by Louise Deschamps (Canada)
Let Her Go by Martin S. Hope (UK)

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