July Newsletter Update

The hot and humid summer days have arrived to Paris among with hordes of tourists reminding everybody that it is a high time for holidays. However, at ÉCU we combine work with fun (no, we do not wear bikinis in the office and drink margaritas the whole day long). So while having the best summer […]

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Spotlight: Lina Plioplyte

Français As we are based in Paris our love for films and fashion is obvious. But moving further from Paris, we are turning our heads to Lithuania and are happy to introduce you Lina Plioplyte whose first film of aged New York fashionistas has recently been released in the UK and Irish cinemas. Lina Plioplyte, […]

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Watch the trailer of the new submission!

Another great new submission for ÉCU 2015! ‘The Still Life of Estelle’ is a student film by Emma Westenberg. Estelle is working at a business party. The evening is on its end and everybody left. In vain she tries to shut the place down, but the three men at the party don’t want to go […]

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Spotlight: Emma Stone

She first swept us off our feet as a straightedge high school student who manipulates the grape vine to move up on the social totem pole. In reality, this actress hardly needs help in the popularity department. Followers have dyed their hair red in imitation, and fantasized about dating her super-hero boyfriend. Now, adoring fans […]

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“The Bigger Picture” – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’!

Here’s the trailer of student film “The Bigger Picture”, directed by Daisy Jacobs. Is a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ into Animated Films. This is the stark and darkly humorous tale of two brothers struggling to care for their elderly mother. Richard is happy to visit, but flees as soon as anything practical needs to […]

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Spotlight: Ken Loach

Known for his naturalistic directing style, this British director has been inspiring the film world for many years. He is always faithful to his mission to direct films, which deal with social issues such as homelessness and labor rights. Not only is his choice of subjects unique, but also his philosophy of filmmaking still stands […]

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What to Do in July

It is hard to believe, but the first month of summer has already finished though it seems that Paris is only starting to warm up. All Parisians and the city guests are just going crazy about the summer sales here. If you were not caught by this shopping fever and have some energy left then […]

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Spotlight: Élodie Fontan

The recently released French film Serial (Bad) Weddings (Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu ?) by Philippe de Chauveron has become a box office sensation. The introspective comedy, following the French cinematic tradition, is both an impetus of laughter and reflection, commenting on ideological positions through the use of “normalized” racially charged dialogue. Three […]

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June Newsletter Update

Things have been heating up in both a literal and figurative sense this month at the ÉCU office. Submissions for the 10th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival are starting to roll in, and we have been thoroughly enjoying going through them while we continue to promote the fantastic films from the […]

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24 lies a second: An Interactive Film Project

When ÉCU—The European Independent Film Festival travels the world to find the best independent films, we find some amazing people along the way. One of our team members had the pleasure of meeting French film collector and leading figure, Bruno Bouchard, at the Festival de Cannes earlier this season. He told us about his ongoing […]

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Partner Festival: Victoria Film Festival

ÉCU is dedicated to scouring the globe for the best indie films because we believe that the exceptional perspective that independent cinema offers its audiences deserves to be encouraged. Our partner festivals share the same ideals, and the Victoria Film Festival is no exception. At the foot of the beautiful Fagaras Mountains in Romania, ÉCU’s partner Victoria […]

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Spotlight: Kirsten Dunst

When your first role with 12 years is already a major part opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, you can be sure that there’s more to come. That was the case with Kirsten Dunst. She’s one of the actresses who never fails to surprise us. Once you had her labelled as a romantic comedy actress, […]

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Partner Festival: International Festival of Digital Cinema

At ÉCU, we believe in presenting the most inventive films worldwide. That’s one reason we are so excited to be partnering with the Festival of New Cinema, International Festival of Digital Cinema! Today, digital technology allows everyday people to become filmmakers. With that idea in mind, the 10th edition of this special festival has decided to take on […]

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New submission for ÉCU 2015 – watch the trailer!

“Heaven of Cherubs”, directed by Gustavo Massola, is a new submission to ÉCU 2015 in the category Non-European Documentary. Made for only one person, this short documentary tells the story of a piece of art made by the painter Aecio Sarti who used truck tarps as canvases for his paintings. In this project, as art, […]

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Spotlight: Gia Coppola

Coppola. A name immediately associated with big cinema. If it’s the genes, the experiences or simply the connections, it doesn’t matter. This family clan always seems to do it right. So it’s no surprise that these days all eyes seem to be on Gia Coppola, who wants to prove she can add her own trademark […]

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Andy Warhol’s Digital Resurrection

Living in an age of golden iPhones, laptops lighter than loaves of bread, and tablets that function as CPUs, it can be easy to take our digital media for granted. But back in the day, preserving computer-generated work was more difficult. Did you know that in 1985, Andy Warhol was commissioned by Commodore to create […]

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New submission for ÉCU 2015 – D.I.Y.!

A new submission for ÉCU 2015 in the European Dramatic Short category! Check out “D.I.Y.” , directed by Josh Trigg and Mitch Kalisa! Une nouvelle soumission pour ÉCU 2015 dans le catégorie du court-métrage dramatique européen ! Regardez “D.I.Y.”, réalisé par Josh Trigg et Mitch Kalisa!

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Banned “Sin City” Poster

This poster for upcoming film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has been banned by the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA deemed the image of star Eva Green unsuitable because of “nudity — curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown.” While the poster definitely is risqué, (the name […]

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