“Border Trafficking” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

“Border Trafficking” by Peter Rautek is a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ into European Dramatic Short. A woman in her mid twenties is trapped in a miserable existence as a sex worker in a small Czech village. Her inner conflict bubbles up to the surface when she decides to take her chance for a better […]

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“One Thousand & One Teardrops” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

“One Thousand & One Teardrops”, a film by Fateme Ahmadi is a a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ into Student Film category. A magic teardrop-keeper tells Louly the stories of seven women from Iran, who have been dealing with compulsory dress codes for two hundred years. Check out the trailer!

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December Newsletter Update

The Christmas decorations are up and we are getting into the festive spirit here at ÉCU! It’s a magical time of year where we can all enjoy plenty of hot wine, Christmas carols, delicious food and an abundance of fairy lights. New Years Eve is just around the corner as well, a time to reflect […]

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ÉCU-in-Berlin

Shortcutz Berlin and Creative Media e.V. presents ÉCU-in-Berlin. From January 14th-15th ÉCU is happy to host it’s first ever special screening event in Germany. This will all take place at Lagari Bar, an exciting location in the heart of Neukölln. We are very excited to be screening these films in such a vibrant and cultural […]

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New submission to ÉCU 2015 – “Alekto” trailer

“Alekto” is a film by Thomas Kaufmann and one of our submissions in the category European Dramatic Short. It is a science fiction short film which invokes questions about conspiracy theories and the entire evolution of Man. An earthling is kidnapped into space, discovering parallel dimensions that she could have never imagined.

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Spotlight: Ignas Jonynas

Français Ignas Jonynas is Lithuanian director who just released his first full-length film, THE GAMBLER. Before that Jonynas worked in the theatre for almost 10 years, had several shows in the radio, created couple of short films (SUNDAY AS IT IS and DANCING WORM) and was part of the first generation of Lithuania’s advertisers, thus […]

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Spotlight: Chantal Akerman

Français Each year Sight & Sound updates their list of ‘The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time’. The huge jury of critics, programmers and academics came to the grand total of 846 while the number of films by female directors they chose was… 1. JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE 1080 BRUXELLES (1975) by […]

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Spotlight: Frederick Wiseman

Français The genre of documentary would not be the same without him: tireless, prolific and incredibly intuitive, Frederick Wiseman, the director who reinvented the documentary, has made an enormous contribution by elevating and legitimizing it to the status of narrative film. One of the issues on which he has insisted above all in the unfolding […]

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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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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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What to do in August

As the month of August is about to start, most Parisians leave the city to go on vacations. But Paris is far from making us want to go away during the summer. Here are some reasons why: Cinema is on the agenda – as always! Outdoor projection of films is popular during the summer in […]

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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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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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