UNA GUNJAK – BONA FIDE STORYTELLER

Una Gunjak is a London-based film editor who was born in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1986.  She graduated with a BA in Film Studies at the Universita’ degli Studi di Torino in 2008 after which she earned an MA in Editing at the National Film and Television School in 2010.  Describing […]

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Award Winners – ÉCU 2016

The Independent European Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces its 25 award winners for 2016. After screening, 77 films from 31 countries over the past 3 days it all comes down to one moment: the Award Ceremony. Films competed across 14 categories and were judged according to their quality, creativity, and independent spirit in […]

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ÉCU THROWBACK REVIEW – THE BEACH

Français If Lord of the Flies came to life with good-looking adults, it’d be Danny Boyle’s The Beach. And in case the book is left dustily in your memory of high school required reading material as it is on your shelf, here’s the short: a group of kids are left unsupervised on an island and […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MICHEL OCELOT

  Français   This Friday’s genre is animation! ÉCU wants to give the Spotlight to the creative and artistic man, the creator of the awesome masterpieces in the animation world like Kirikou et La Sorcière and Azur et Asmar, Michel Ocelot, who treats his works truly from his heart and soul! Michel Ocelot is a French […]

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SPOTLIGHT – CLINT EASTWOOD

  Français   We can’t speak about film industry without taking Clint Eastwood into account! He was born on May 31th, 1930 in San Francisco, California. Before becoming the person he is now, he worked as a logger and truck driver. In 1950, he was called in by the Army Special Services while he met the […]

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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN MAY

Français Paris is breath-taking right now! Primroses, poppies and violets cover the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Parc de la Tuilerie and many other parks around the city. Going on a picnic, reading a book or just lying on the grass are great ideas for any sunny afternoon, but don’t forget you are in Paris and […]

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Spotlight- Paul Thomas Anderson

Français   This week’s spotlight covers the director of BOGGIE NIGHTS, Paul Thomas Anderson. Encouraged by his father, Paul began making films at a young age. Using the money he saved from working at a pet store, he made his first 30 minute mockumentary at 17 years old. After two semesters in college, Paul made a […]

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INTERVIEWS WITH ÉCU 2015 FILMMAKERS

Interviews with ÉCU 2015 Filmmakers Who are these incredible filmmakers that are behind all the wonderful films of ÉCU 2015 Official Selection? During the 10th edition of The European Independent Film Festival, ÉCU Team worked hard not to loose the possibility to interview these amazing storytellers. Some filmmakers who were not attendance, the team is […]

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INTERVIEWS WITH ÉCU 2015 FILMMAKERS

Live interview with Brigitte Drodtloff, director of “HUMAN”, a film into European Dramatic Short category of ÉCU 2015′ Official Selection. Live interview with Sophie-Clémentine Dubois, director of “THE DANDELION”, a film into Comedy Films category of ÉCU 2015′ Official Selection. Live interview with Guillaume Levil, director of “THE ANKLET”, a film into European Dramatic Short […]

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Live at ÉCU 2015

Here are some moments during the festival: Awards Ceremony Q&A Directors Session 14 with  Javier Longobardo (Petite Salle) Q&A Directors Session 13 with Andy Wijckelsma (Petite Salle) Q&A Directors Session 12 with Richard Ledes (Petite Salle) Q&A Directors Session 11 Alice von Gwinner, Thomas Baerten, Luigi Abanto Varese (Grande Salle) Q&A Directors Session 10 Daniel Lecanda and Juan Lecanda, Nick Matthews, (Grande Salle) […]

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LIVE FROM ÉCU 2015 – Cinema Les 7 Parnassiens

Watch us live during ÉCU 2015 – The European Independent Film Festival at Les 7 Parnassiens.  Here are some moments that will be available live on our website: FRIDAY APRIL 10TH 7 PARNASSIENS 18:40 – 19:00 : VIP area 19:55 – 20:10 : Opening Night Speeches 21:22 – 22:00 : Opening Night Directors Q&A “The Dandelion” “Ambition” […]

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Spotlight – James Marsh

Français This spotlight follows the British director James Marsh, whose most recent film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, which portrays the life of Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane, went on to impress both audiences and film critics alike. After graduating with an English degree from the University of Oxford, Marsh started his career by directing […]

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Women in Filmmaking

  Français Every year, ÉCU searches for different ways to honour some of the best independent films and its filmmakers. For the tenth edition of the festival, ÉCU has added a new award: Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking! Female filmmakers have always been underrepresented in the film industry. In the 87 editions of the Academy Awards, […]

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What to do in Paris in April

  Français ‘Drip, drip, drop little April shower beating a tune as you fall all around’ As it gets warm enough to crack open a baguette in the park bound forward like Bambi into the feast of cultural exploits awaiting you! ART Eric Rondepierre picks still photos from the history of glitches, from the decaying […]

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Spotlight – Yorgos Lanthimos

Français Our next spotlight filmmaker understands the value of quality over quantity. With only a handful of films under his belt yet dozens of awards and critical acclaim, Yorgos Lanthimos is one of the most talented filmmakers hailing from Greece. Lanthimos’ experience in directing began in the 90s when he directed a series of videos […]

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Spotlight – Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Français Last week, we took a look at the daring Samira Makhmalbaf and mentioned her esteemed father. Well this week, we’re going to honour the man, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, with his own spotlight! Makhmalbaf is a major figure in Iranian cinema. His passion for filmmaking started after being arrested at the age of 17 for being […]

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Interview with Tannaz Hazemi – Director of “Before the Bomb”

Français Last year, ÉCU handed the short script prize to Tannaz Hazemi and James Grimaldi’s heart-wrenching drama, BEFORE THE BOMB. Tannaz has since taken the story from script to screen and returned triumphantly into our Official Selection. We caught up with her to see how she got from self-funded micro budget films to her latest […]

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Spotlight – Samira Makhmalbaf

Français In honour of International Women’s Day, which was this past Sunday, we want to commemorate one awesome and groundbreaking female director, Samira Makhmalbaf. Although she is the daughter of the acclaimed film director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, she has quickly made a name for herself, ultimately becoming one of the most influential directors of the Iranian […]

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