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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Spotlight – Abderrahmane Sissako

Français For this week’s spotlight, we’ll be taking a look at Abderrahmane Sissako. This “indie”-vidual’s name is a little bit of a tongue twister, but be sure not to forget it because he is currently one of the most prominent African filmmakers of our time. Sissako was born in Mauritania but moved to Mali as […]

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“My name is Franco and I like dark chocolate” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

“My name is Franco and I like dark chocolate” a film by Silvia de Gennaro, is in the ÉCU 2015 Official Selection into European Experimental category. In 2033, social networks have made the Internet the place of the collective unconscious where confused identities are lost in a shapeless global identity. The protagonist’ reaction is to […]

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ÉCU 2015 Launch Party

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is happy to announce that its 2015 Launch Party was a huge success at  BADABOUM on March 11th. The night was full of live music, drinks and loads of fun! The live music was fantastic, have a look below at all the groups that played: Nausicaa – click here to vistit her SoundCloud page Passionate […]

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What to do in March in Paris

Français Things are blossoming here at ÉCU and we’ve got some ideas for how you can come out of hibernation and spring forward in style. Music  The teutonic duo of DJs, Digitalism, descend on Paris with their  epic  long sets. Fans have been known to keep dancing until the  security  kick them out. The music must be pretty […]

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FLEXIBILITY – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

“FLEXIBILITY” a film by Remedios Crespo, is a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ into European Dramatic Short category. In the near future, the workers of a stickpin factory gather urgently to avoid the impending plant closing. The differences between the workers and the top management are not the expected ones.

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Spotlight – Fernando Eimbcke

Français Grab your sombrero and margarita because for this week’s spotlight, we’ll be looking at director, Fernando Eimbcke. Eimbcke originally wanted to study photography, but after working with famous cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, he decided to switch to film. After being rejected by the University Center for Film Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, […]

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