Spotlight – Jim Jarmusch

If the Independent cinema were to give out titles of nobility then Jim Jarmusch would definitely be a prince and probably the next in line to be king. Since there is no such thing yet; he will have to settle with being considered as one of the most important American filmmakers of the independent cinema […]

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Spotlight – Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina Rachel Tsangari is a notable member of what-is-called the “Greek Weird Wave”, the new era of Greek cinema, along with Lanthimos, Avranas and many other Greek film directors. The international success of these filmmakers is what has gained attention to the Greek cinema once again. The 47 year old film director, writer and producer […]

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Spotlight – Sarah Polley

Canadian Sarah Polley is a triple threat: actress, director, and activist. Polley first broke into the film world by acting in series such as Ramona and Road to Avonlea. Her stellar roles in Straight Up and in the 1997 film The Sweet Hereafter, were what brought her considerable attention in the United States. She won the Gemini Award for Best Performance in […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: the 8th edition of ÉCU film festival next week!

What is it all about? Why do we do it? What can you look forward to this year? Let’s get back to what ÉCU – the European Independent Film Festival – is all about at the end of the day: independent cinema. Why do we want to support independently made movies and the filmmakers dedicated […]

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ÉCU spotlight: Richard Linklater’s sequel to Before Sunrise/Before Sunset!

As ÉCU’s home is the world famous City of Light we’ve always got a soft spot for classic indie films featuring our beloved Paris – such as Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset (2004). Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, the film is shot in Paris and brings its viewers on a lovely rambling tour of the […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Paul Rudd does indie comedy

There’s an independent film on the horizon that we’re itching to see. It’s called Admission (2013), it comes out March 22nd (in the states), and – wait for it – it stars Paul Rudd AND Tina Fey. If anyone else is lamenting the end of comedy series 30 Rock, then no doubt a chance to have the […]

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Spotlight – Gael Garcia Bernal

The hype surrounding Chilean film No (2012) has been building since its screening at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and with its nomination at the 85th Academy Awards as best Foreign Language Film it has attracted even more attention. No has been well received at festivals – including Sundance Film Festival, where it was played […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Remembering Indie Oscar wins in 2012!

With the 85th Academy Awards this Sunday, ÉCU decides to take a look back at the indie films which rocked the Oscars last year. Independent films accounted for twelve of the wins – and as ÉCU film festival is so chuffed to be part of the indie film world, we think it’s worth celebrating these […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – Kathryn Bigelow and Zero Dark Thirty

Women don’t have it easy in the male dominated world of filmmakers. American film director, producer and screenwriter Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman whose film Zero Dar Thirty was nominated for this year’s Oscars in Best Picture. She has already made it once. Bigelow is the first woman in the history of the Academy […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – David O. Russell and Silver Linings Playbook

It’s the start of February, and as the Oscars are just around the corner now ÉCU takes a look at another great indie film which has received an impressive eight Academy Award nominations: David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook (2012). Russell is an American film director, producer and screenwriter, and directed and wrote the screenplay […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – Wes Anderson and Moonrise Kingdom

At ÉCU we’re really excited about the large number of indie film nominations this awards season! To continue in this vein we’re spotlighting a prominent figure in the independent film world, the American director, screenwriter, actor and producer Wes Anderson. He is the director and co-screenwriter (with Roman Coppola) of Moonrise Kingdom (2012), the quirky […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – Michael Haneke and Amour

With the awards season fast approaching, there is a buzz around the independent film world because of the high possibility that indie films will really clean up at the Oscars. So many excellent indie films are lined up to potentially claim prestigious Oscar awards this spring and ÉCU is very excited about the prospect of […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Tarantino Unchained

As American screenwriter, producer, actor and film-director Quentin Tarantino finds himself in Paris for the French premiere of his latest film Django Unchained (2012), ÉCU thought it would be fitting to spotlight him this week as we eagerly await the movie’s arrival to our screens. Tarantino is an indie movie giant, and one who has […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Ang Lee – between Hollywood and independent cinema

A movie is really provocation. It’s not a message, it’s not a statement. – Ang Lee Ang Lee’s last work Life of Pi is said to be the most beautiful film of 2012 and this is fully justified. The film convinces even the harshest critics of this not only with its great visual effects, breathtaking […]

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ÉCU Spotligt: New Year’s Special

New Year 2013 is just around the corner and a mood of celebration is in the air. Some people are busy preparing for a big party, some people want to have a cosy evening at home. ÉCU have selected some good indie films for you to enjoy on New Year’s Eve, as well as for […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Bernardo Bertolucci receives EFA Lifetime Achievement Award

Italian director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci (age 72) is a rare and unusual gem in the filmmaking world – one who has been in the game for fifty years. ÉCU is happy to hear that he’s received recognition for his life’s work at the recent European Film Awards as they honoured him with the Lifetime […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: The Chinese Indie Film Scene

… As ÉCU was in Beijing last week, we thought we’d delve into the Chinese indie film scene a bit more. Since we’re well aware of the difficulties surrounding independent filmmaking in general, we’re even more impressed by those who strive to create their work in places where it is a real struggle. In light […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Director Wayne Wang

ÉCU is very excited to be in China right now and so this week we’ve decided to spotlight a native of Hong Kong, director Wayne Wang. He is the namesake of John Wayne (his father’s favourite actor), and so is inextricably linked to cinema culture. He moved to the US at 17, where he studied […]

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