Spotlight: Nina Hoss

The first time Nina Hoss had been widely recognized was when she played a very famous German escort girl of the 1950s. The film was a so-called “event movie” played on a private television station in the 90s. So it wasn’t about the female emancipation which Rosemarie – the escort girl’s self-chosen name – espoused, […]

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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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Spotlight: Mads Mikkelsen

Français Once an unknown with unconventional roots, the chiselled features of Mads Mikkelsen have now captured the hearts of fans world-wide with his role on the American show, Hannibal (2013-2015), and a variety of international roles. A television adaptation of the Hannibal Lecter series, this show and these high profile films have propelled the former […]

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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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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 – 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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ÉCU DECEMBER UPDATES

Français  The end of a year always comes with a fair bit of intensity and an inevitable tendency to draw the conclusion of your work. This quite describes last December at ÉCU. As 2015 came to an end, the chance to submit films to The European Independent Film Festival is getting narrow: the final deadline is […]

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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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