WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN FEBRUARY

Français  ART Simon Evans, “Not not knocking on heaven’s door”- Palais de Tokyo, Until 16th May An exhibition of the duo self-taught artist Simon Evans, a professional skateboarder born in London, who works with Sarah Lanna (an American illustrator). Curated by Rebecca Lamarche – Vadel, the exhibition shows thirty artistic pieces in order to represent […]

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ÉCU THROWBACK REVIEW – BOYHOOD

Français Before trilogy director Richard Linklater brought pillow talk back with a healthy dose of nostalgia and the feels in Boyhood. The film’s intrigue factor is its long running cast and filming, famously spanning its storyline over twelve years and using the same actors in their aging element. But this happens to be the cherry on top of a […]

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SPOTLIGHT – VALERIA BRUNI TEDESCHI

Français If it wasn’t for her last name, and, maybe, the elegant, irresistible smile, would you be able to tell that actress, director and screenwriter Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was the sister of Nicholas Sarkozy’s première dame and top model Carla? I bet at least more than half of you wouldn’t. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was born […]

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ÉCU January Updates

Français January always means new beginning, the feeling of having another chance and loads of good intentions. Refreshed after the holidays, we got back on track really fast, as The European Independent Film Festival is just around the corner. Submissions to ÉCU closed on January 17th, setting the road to the last month before the announcement of […]

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ÉCU – IN – LANDSBERG

Français This week, ÉCU is excited to fly to Germany to attend Snowdance Film Festival. Two years ago Europe saw the birth of this new, independent film festival which has his headquarters in Landsberg am Lech in Bavaria, Germany. Its aim, from the beginning, is to support brave, independent films that received little or no […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MARTIN SCORSESE

Français Nobody can personify better than Martin Scorsese the realization of the American dream. Born in Queens, he grew up in a poor family watching neorealist movies with his grandparents (native of Italy) and going to the cinema with his dad (the director often says that those were his favourite moments and the only ones […]

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SPOTLIGHT – HOU HSIAO HSIEN

Français At the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, Hou Hsiao-hsien won his first Award director for “The Assassin.” After being nominated six times to Cannes, this award comes late for him. At 68 years old, Hou Hsiao-hsien is one of the most important Asian filmmakers of this generation. Hou Hsiao-hsien began his film career in 1973. […]

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ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

Français The winner of this year’s Sundance Film Festival is one of those films able to start a new trend in independent cinema, attracting the aura of the little cult movie around him and inspiring the birth of similar works. Me and Earl and The Dying Girl is he himself the fruit of a trend. […]

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SPOTLIGHT – JONATHAN LEVINE

Français What is happy, sad, and weird at the same time? Above all things, life. And with these things comes director Jonathan Levine, who can tackle multi-dimensional layers and churn them with a gooey center of complexities when he tries. A native New Yorker, Levine honed his faceted style in agreement with a Jewish upper-middle […]

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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN JANUARY

Français  Art Anselm Kiefer – Centre Pompidou, Until 18th April Born in 1945 in a little town in Bade-Wurtemburg, Anselm Kiefer is a child of post-war Germany, indelibly marked by his country’s defeat and national silence on the legacy of Nazism. From these beginnings grew an artistic obsession with the framing of historical events in […]

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SPOTLIGHT – SEBASTIAN SCHIPPER

Français Is it possible to shoot a full-feature film in one single take and still succeed to make a broad audience watch it and like it? German filmmaker and actor Sebastian Schipper proved you can do it! When his newest film “Victoria” came out this summer, it blew the spectators mind’s twice. Firstly, by delivering […]

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SPOTLIGHT – NANNI MORETTI

  Français European wide known, Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti is definetely a unique, quirck character. His career begins with a Super-8 camera, bought after having sold his stamps collection at the age of twenty, and no previous experience whatsoever. Starting off with two parodic short films about bourgeois contradictions (Paté de Bourgeois) and 68’ militants’ […]

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SPOTLIGHT – SHIA LABEOUF

Français There’s something about Disney stars going bad that makes for such addicting media fodder. Young people shed their wholesome baby faces to make way for chiseled features paired with a matured presence emphasizing sexual confidence for girls, virility for boys. The transition is a gateway to Hollywood’s big leagues, and is rarely a smooth […]

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WHAT DO TO IN PARIS IN DECEMBER

Français  Art Ragnar Kjartansson, Seul celui qui connaît le desir – Palais de Tokyo, Until 10th January Palais de Tokyo is presenting the first solo show in France of the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson (born in 1976, lives and works in Reykjavik) whose singular work is a cross between performance and cinema, sculpture and opera, plein […]

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ÉCU NOVEMBER UPDATES

Français  This November has been a sad month here in Paris. Despite the horrific events that took place 13th November 2015, we here in Paris and around the world must keep on keeping on. More than ever are our voices and freedom needing to be expressed and film, particularly independent film vehicles this freedom. With […]

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SUBMISSION TRAILERS ÉCU 2016

“Blue Eyed Boy” is a Non-European Dramatic Short film by Masoud Soheili and Amir masoud Soheili.   “Bola Cá, Bola Lá” is a Student film directed by Luis Sousa.   “The Cork Justifies The Means” is an European Dramatic Short film directed by Mihai Ionescu.   “Zoe & Julie – Hidden Marks” is an European […]

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SPOTLIGHT – CHRISTINA RICCI

Français In the history of moody and dark attractive girls stands Christina Ricci at the very center. Round beady eyes with a petite frame withstanding the force of her intelligently sized head, Ricci set the tone for weird-is-the-new-sexy along with black-will-always-stay-the-new-black for generations of moody and dark attractive girls to come. Frankly put, she is […]

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ÉCU-IN-TANGIER

Français This month we have been non stop travelling! Next stop: Tangiers, Morocco for the 8th edition of our partner festival, Tangier International Film Festival from 20th to 24th October. The festival will take place at the cinema Roxy with an Official selection of 35 films making up the Documentary Short and Fiction Short categories. […]

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