MOVIE REVIEW: SING STREET

  Sing street tells the story of a teenager called Conor who sets up a band in order to attract a beautiful girl named Raphina that he met on the street. This is John Carney’s third independent musical film since Once & Begin Again. The soundtrack was composed by Danny Wilson frontman Gary Clark, and […]

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SPOTLIGHT: TOM HARDY

    You will probably have no problem recognising the man in this picture. He is now indisputably one of Hollywood’s biggest actors, but before he rose to fame Tom Hardy was just an actor of humble beginnings, living in London.  Tom’s steady rise to fame began after being cast in the WW2 miniseries Band […]

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SPOTLIGHT: PAUL DANO

  Le spotlight de cette semaine est dédié à Paul Dano, le chouchou des films indépendants. Né en 1984 à New York, il a commencé à être comédien il y a 23 ans, en jouant dans une pléthore des milieux et en dépictant un large spectre des personnages. Mais quelque chose reste constant parmi ses […]

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SPOTLIGHT: PAUL DANO

  This week’s spotlight is dedicated to indie film darling Paul Dano. Born in 1984 in New York City, he’s been an actor for over two thirds of his life, across a plethora of mediums, depicting a wide spectrum of characters. But one thing remains constant across his dozens of roles: passion. Dano got his […]

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ÉCU goes to Romania!

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival  is proud to share some of its best films from the 2017’s edition of the festival with our partner Arkadia Shortfest that will take place 1st – 3rd September in Băcoi, Prahova, Romania. The 4th edition the festival will once again offer 3 days of artistic events, that […]

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Movie Review: Before I Fall

New York-born filmmaker Ry Russo-Young’s first directorial project in 5 years – after her 2012 family drama, Nobody Walks, co-written by Lena Dunham and starring John Krasinski – the teenage mystery drama Before I Fall (2017), asks the viewer: What If Today Was the Only Day of the Rest of Your Life? The rhetorical question […]

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ÉCU goes to Naperville Independent Film Festival

  Now that the autumn season is quickly on our heels and a number of our impressive and innovative partnerships will be hosting their annual film festival functions in the coming months – comprising of eclectic film screenings, interactive workshops and distinguished panel discussions – we are thrilled to announce the return of the 9th […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: JULIETA

  Almodóvar returns with his triumphant 20th feature film, Julieta (2016), undeniably rivalling the seductively psychological narratives, enrapturing emotional cartwheeling and evocatively chromatic visuals of his legendary works – from the exhilaratingly dark Live Flesh (1997), to the intensely passionate Broken Embraces (2009) and the melancholically heart-rending Talk to Her (2002) – all while presenting […]

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Spotlight: Wes Anderson

“I don’t know what is in store for the movie business any better than anybody else does, but it does seem like my kind of movies are a little trickier than it used to be – or maybe a lot trickier.” Wes Anderson In contrast to most blockbuster films today, it is impossible to to […]

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Jerry Maguire

Let’s give it up for the good guys capable of keeping their heads above water in the ugliness of the corporate rat race. If everyone had a dollar for each time a decent person got lost in the hustle that is corporate life, we’d all be rich by now. Jerry Maguire of the eponymous film […]

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Award Winners – ÉCU 2016

The Independent European Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces its 25 award winners for 2016. After screening, 77 films from 31 countries over the past 3 days it all comes down to one moment: the Award Ceremony. Films competed across 14 categories and were judged according to their quality, creativity, and independent spirit in […]

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What to do in Paris in April

ÉCU 2016 – The European Independent Film Festival 11th edition On April 8th 9th 10th will be in Paris the 11th edition of  ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. Discover the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. This year we have 77 films from 33 different countries, 14 categories and 25 awards.   […]

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ATTENDING FILMMAKERS

A SHORT GUIDE TO RE-ENTRY (United Kingdom) European Dramatic Short Saturday morning / April 9th / 7 Parnassiens, 11:51 Anwar Boulifa is a filmmaker who began documentaries having worked for the BBC, C4. ‘A Short Guide To Re-entry’ is his first short film and was shot with a mainly non-professional cast using improvisation to heighten the sense of […]

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Opening Night reviews

ÉCU 2016 Opening Night Film Reviews BOX by Mathias Askeland (Norway) Watch two people show you the complacency that settles with long-term relationships in five minutes. The shelf life of their romance has expired and comfort has lodged between them like a thorn to the side, when thorns come in the form of passive-aggressive accusations of relationship […]

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Launch Party Activities

ÉCU 2016 LAUNCH PARTY ACTIVITIES Here’s the program for the soirée: – 08:15 p.m. : Presentation of the festival – 08:35 p.m. : MILKY WAY – 09:30 p.m. : Festival’s President and manager speeches and introduction of the filmmakers – 09:45 p.m. : THE SANDCHERRIES – 10:40 p.m. : TARA WHO? – 11:30 p.m. : […]

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ÉCU 2016 Workshops

WORKSHOP #1 Trends in financing and budgeting Independent films and International Sales Where: Les 7 Parnassiens (Grande Salle) When: Saturday, April 9th // 10:30 – 11:30 The topic of this workshop is sourcing finance for English-language independent films, dealing with sales agents, and selling independent films on the international markets. Gareth Jones is an industry […]

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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN MARCH

ECU LAUNCH PARTY – MARCH 16 from 19.30h – Supersonic (FREE ENTRANCE)  The 11th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival will be taking place this year on April 8th-10th but before the actual festival, we’d like to invite you all to our Launch Party to get a taste of what this year’s […]

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ÉCU AUGUST UPDATES

Français   With August ending we all start to long for careless summer, as autumn is on the doorstep, quietly reminding about the work that has been postponed.  And yet the month of September promises a lot of new exciting things to do in Paris. Walking through the streets you notice that not only trees are […]

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