What to do in Paris in June

Français So the summer has started, it’s the time of ice cream, outdoor festivals, picnics in the park and…rain? Yeah, it’s miserable here in Paris but that doesn’t mean that you have to be miserable too.  There’s plenty to do in Paris, and even if events are a bit muddy, you can have a great […]

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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN MAY

Français  So while ÉCU 2016 may have wrapped up its 11th edition in Paris and we’re already feeling very nostalgic about the festival, we’re making up for it with sun, sea and sand with fellow filmmakers in Cannes from the 11th to the 22nd May. However, for those who can’t join us to forget all troubles in the […]

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April Updates

The sun is bona fide out here in Paris; spring feels officially underway. It’s about time the City of Lights got a little warmth after the brouhaha that was the 2016 ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. Our 11th edition is officially done and won. Over half of our winning directors were in show, […]

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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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SUNDAY AT PETITE SALLE – LES 7 PARNASSIENS CINÉMA

SESSION 12 Sunday, April 10th @ 11:40 AM                                                                                  BUY YOUR SESSION TWELVE TICKET HERE* INVENTING […]

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SUNDAY AT GRANDE SALLE – LES 7 PARNASSIENS CINÉMA

SESSION 8 Sunday, April 10th @ 11:00 AM BUY YOUR SESSION EIGHT TICKET HERE* TRANQUILITY OF BLOOD by Senad Sahmanovic (Serbia) Here’s the thing about revengeful people: they are angry, driven, and passionate as hell. Vindictive motives are propelled to motion despite the outrageous trajectory followed. And when this fire wears off into muddled submission, where […]

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SATURDAY AT PETITE SALLE – LES 7 PARNASSIENS CINÉMA

 SESSION 5 Saturday, April 9th @ 11:40 AM                                                                              BUY YOUR SESSION FIVE TICKET HERE* PRESTIGE INGREDIENTS by Adrian Rubi […]

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SATURDAY AT GRANDE SALLE – LES 7 PARNASSIENS CINÉMA

SESSION 1 Saturday, April 9th @ 11:30 AM                                                                               BUY YOUR SESSION ONE TICKET HERE* RAINBOW PARTY by […]

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Rick Limentani – Engineer Turned Filmmaker

RICK LIMENTANI is a former Cambridge engineering student turned award-winning filmmaker turned playwright. His latest short film Put Down is screening at ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2016. Brief intro!  I’m 37, I live in London, and I’m primarily a writer. I originally studied Engineering at Cambridge University, then went on to study film-making in […]

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Tina Fey is outside her rom-com element in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. So much so that she finds herself uncomfortably outside her skillset; I’d rather have her stick to her self-effacing, whip smart funny and cute girl roles. But developing her career past the comedy grooves she’s carved, Fey plays Kim Baker in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, […]

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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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Women in Filmmaking

For the second consecutive year we will be presenting an award close to our heart, The Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking Award, which will go to one of the 18 female film directors that will be competing at ÉCU this year. Unfortunately, the film industry consistently fails to address its gender bias, so we push to […]

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Tannaz Hazemi – Writer / Director Extraordinaire

 Français ©  Photo provided by Elizabeth Bruneau TANNAZ HAZEMI was born in Teheran and escaped with her family to Sweden as a refugee.  After leaving Sweden, she moved to the States and graduated high school in Chicago. Tannaz has published a book on music with MTV Italy,  worked as a freelance journalist and later as on-camera […]

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The Way of Tea by Marc Fouchard

 Français Just as the dust is settling from the devastating explosions in Paris last November, we are bitterly reminded once again of the continued global struggle against terror and violence.  Our headlines scream now-familiar phrases like, ‘terrorist attacks,’ ‘many dead,’ and ‘explosions,’ as Brussels faces a fresh wave of terrorism.  These graphic terms are then […]

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SPOTLIGHT – DOMHNALL GLEESON

Français If you have seen even only a few of the acclaimed films of 2015, the chances are that you have seen him. A hint: he is a ginger. Yes, we are talking about none other than the Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson. It was a very productive year for him. For starters, Gleeson starred in a brilliant sci- fi thriller […]

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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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