Naperville Independent Film Festival

Français When filmmakers submit a film to ÉCU, they have not just the opportunity to show their work to an audience at ÉCU Film Festival in Paris, but they have the chance to be part of the ÉCU-on-the-Road tour and screen their film around the globe. And all this is possible because of the partnerships […]

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Spotlight: Wim Wenders

Français Wim Wenders is known as a unique contemporary film auteur, who “has shaped our living memory of cinema”, says Dieter Kosslick, the Director of the Berlin International Film Festival. In February 2015 the Oscar-nominated filmmaker will be awarded the Honorary Golden Bear Award for his lifetime achievements. Current president of European Film Academy, Wenders […]

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Spotlight: Robert Rodríguez

Director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, composer and musician – a 360 degrees artist made in Texas, USA. This week ÉCU is focusing on a big master of pulp filmmaking tradition, a b-movie lover, a creative man that still inspires the whole indie film world: Robert Rodríguez. He was rejected by film schools but his passion […]

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August Newsletter Update

Suddenly summer is over again; without warning, you are delved into a crowded metro station with your rainy coat and a nostalgic look. Sure, summer may leave you nice and bronzed but there is so much to look forward in autumn – mornings will be golden and misty, falling leaves, an excuse for hot drinks… […]

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Spotlight: Léa Seydoux

In her childhood she had wanted to become an opera singer but gave up that dream because of her timid nature. At the age of 18 she became interested in acting and not only did she manage to overcome her shyness, in only 10 years she managed to play some of the most provocative film […]

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Spotlight: Robin Williams

On Monday, August 11th 2014, the planet of cinema stopped as the death of Robin Williams was announced. The American actor’s passing triggered a surge of homages. At ÉCU, we would like to salute him by dedicating our this week’s spotlight to this great man. Massive homages have been made to the actor Robin Williams […]

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Spotlight: Richard Linklater

As BOYHOOD – the last film of Richard Linklater – is screened at the cinema now, we decided to dedicate this week’s spotlight to this American director. Richard Linklater was born in 1960 in Houston, Texas. Far from having an already traced path dedicated to cinema, Richard Linklater dropped his studies at the university to […]

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New submission to ÉCU 2015 – “Intrinsic Moral Evil” trailer

“Intrinsic Moral Evil” by Harm Weistra is a new submission to ÉCU in the category European Dramatic Short. Intrinsic Moral Evil seems to be a tale of identity and coming of age. But above all, the three dancers play a game with the viewer’s perception and expectations: is it a memory, a dream, a search […]

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Spotlight: Scarlett Johansson

Français While still being under 30, this actress can already count two decades of acting career with a list of roles from seductive beauty to the girl next-door or super power woman. She is called the muse for several famous directors and not only because of her stunning looks but also for her unforgettable and […]

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“Violence Done Well” – new submission to ÉCU 2015!

“Violence Done Well” by Maida Hals is a new submission to ÉCU in the category European music video! Music video for Norwegian artist Eline Thorp. Captured in a world of reflections, a dancer is pushed to the limits.

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Spotlight: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Français The French-British born actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of the British actress and singer Jane Birkin and of the legendary French singer Serge Gainsbourg is now a recognized character in the musical and cinematographic domain. Under the impulse of her mother, she got her first role at age thirteen in the movie PAROLES ET MUSIQUE […]

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“Mbeti: The Road to Kisesini” – new submission to ÉCU!

‘Mbeti: The Road to Kisesini’ by Ann Bromberg is a new submission to ÉCU 2015 in the category of Non-European Documentary. “Mbeti: The Road to Kisesini” is about one woman’s journey to save her village, by saving the mothers and their children from dying of malnutrition caused by unsafe water supply and the lack of […]

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A Mysterious Documentary: Finding Vivian Maier

The new French documentary, Finding Vivian Maier (À la recherche de Vivian Maier) by Charlie Siskel, chronicles the experiences of the obsessive American photographer, Vivian Maier. Maier, born in New York and spending much of her childhood in France, worked as a nanny in Chicago for about 40 years. During that time, she secretly took over […]

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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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