Highlights from ÉCU 2011

Take a look at some great behind the scenes footage from ÉCU 2011 , featuring background music from a live performance by Ellis playing her song “How Would It Be.” Vive ÉCU !

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Kubrick at the Cinémathèque

From cameras and costumes to cahiers and clippings, the Cinémathèque Francaise’s Kubrick season is an insightful exhibition for everyone from cinema novices to devoted followers alike. First things first, let me just say that I am no great expert on Kubrick. I’ve seen his major films (with mixed reactions) and I’ve read articles with a […]

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Sweet Focus

Meet, Katharina Kowalewski. She has directed over 100 fashion videos with her company KO.FASHION for clients such as Vogue, Swarovski, Bild, Keylooks and Stylebop. Her first short, co-directed with Nadine Strittmatter, “Sweet Focus” will be at the “Short Film Corner” in Cannes this year. The movie was shot in one week in Arosa in the […]

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Meet the new Festival Manager Kadi Lokk

Seven months ago when I applied to work as an intern for ÉCU -The European Independent Film Festival (aka Fun European Project as it said in the Craiglist job ad!) I had no idea what I was getting myself into. During these months I have met some of the most interesting people ever, worked hard, […]

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Michel Gondry – Our Top 6 Music Videos

by Marc Rickenbach In recent months French filmmaker and arts and crafts enthusiast Michel Gondry has been popping his head up all over the place on both sides of the Atlantic. The director, most well known for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Science of Sleep (not to mention numerous music videos, which we’ll […]

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Les Amants du Pont Neuf Guide

by Kathryn Hall My flatmate and I set a house rule to only watch French films while living in Paris, to better ‘immerse’ ourselves in our adoptive land’s language and culture and so on. Though we push it at times, (‘Jean Reno’s French, so I guess we can justifiably watch Léon again…’) this has led […]

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Interview with Jean-Christophe

Jean-Christophe Bouvet is a French actor known for playing in films by Jean-Claude Biette, Claude Chabrol, Soffia Coppola, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Claude Guiguet, Maurice Pialat, Vecchiali Paul, Gerard Krawczyk, etc. After studying linguistics, semiotics, psychoanalysis and sociology, he started working in TV in 1968 with Téchiné in “The Banquet” in 1977 and starring in “The Machine” […]

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Chloe’s Dollhouse

“Chloe’s Dollhouse” is an official selection to ÉCU 2011 . Chloe is a troubled young girl. Her family is all she has. While undergoing psychotherapy, her family starts to act strangely and vanishes one by one. Deeply distressed and frightened, Chloe is visited by her painful memories that reveal the disturbing truth…Check out the trailer! […]

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Todor and Petru

“Todor and Petru” is an official selection to ÉCU 2011. Welcome to the twisted universe of the two rappers Todor and Petru. “Todor and Petru” est une selection officielle à ÉCU 2011. Bienvenue dans le monde insolite des deux rappers, Todor and Petru.

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Learn from the best: Exclusive interviews with expert filmmakers

As part of G-Technology’s ongoing support for the ÉCU community as platinum sponsor, we’ll be bringing you regular exclusive interviews from filmmakers and producers in the field, sharing top hints and tips. This month the award-winning student director and ÉCU judge, Louisa Mayman gives us exclusive tips for student filmmakers. Louisa Mayman’s Top Tips for […]

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Antoine, Bibi and Casimir

by Marie-Charlotte Fossard Three friends, three personalities and three differents way of living and loving clearly defined. Antoine, Bibi and Casimir is the story of the daily tempestuous relationships of three housemates. Life, friendship, and unexpected love are the key words for the comedy, only available on the internet. François Chabert and Laurent Jeanne are […]

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Pierrick Sorin’s one-man show at 104

The exhibition of Nantes-born video artist Pierrick Sorin, currently nestled in blacked out corners at Centquatre, is very much a one-man sketch show. Practicing the method of autofilmage, Sorin often assumes several roles simultaneously, with superimposition allowing for their interaction. His characters are both comical and endearing, in scenarios fictional yet relatable to real life. […]

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The Horror in Music Videos

by Marc Rickenbach I was thinking recently about where we might see a crossover between music videos and films. There’s the obvious: some form of a narrative, maybe an experimental/auteur edge and some music videos even directly allude to films. But for the most part music videos stand as their own ‘genre’ of cinematic form. […]

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Sharing creativity with G-Technology by Hitachi

Following last month’s exciting announcement of the overall winner of our Driven Creativity Competition, check out this exclusive video of the gallery exhibition of shortlisted work! The video was taken at the private launch night of the exhibition, held in London’s Brick Lane, and looks at what creativity means to the winning entrants. We also […]

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Le Marais

Le Marais, located in the heart of Paris, is known for its mixture of different cultures and personalities. Here you’ll find the Jewish Quarter, Gay nightlife, and great places to go vintage shopping! Katrina and Alice visited le Marais to show you all exactly what goes on, taking you from the delicious falafels to cool […]

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Afterwards

“Afterwards” is a new submission to ÉCU 2011. A woman on the run has one night to find her estranged, homeless father on the streets of Berlin- under cover of darkness the secrets of their East German past come to light. Check out the trailer! << Afterwards >> vient d’être envoyé à ÉCU 2011. Une […]

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A Damn Killer

“A Damn Killer“ is a new submission to ÉCU 2011. A story of Adam, 26 years old man, who wants to become an assassin. Meanwhile he is trying to execute his first job he meets Eve, a suicide jumper. This fateful encounter turns his life upside down. Check out the trailer! << A Damn Killer […]

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The Alphabet of our Paris week

Hey, we’re Elly and Katia, we’re two sixteen year old students from The Latymer School, London, doing work experience at ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival in Paris. We’re currently both (coincidentally) studying French, Philosophy and Ethics, English Literature and History, and have one year left of Sixth Form. As we both write the film […]

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