ÉCU THROWBACK REVIEW – THE BEACH

Français If Lord of the Flies came to life with good-looking adults, it’d be Danny Boyle’s The Beach. And in case the book is left dustily in your memory of high school required reading material as it is on your shelf, here’s the short: a group of kids are left unsupervised on an island and […]

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SPOTLIGHT – GUILLERMO DEL TORO

Français The Spanish writer/director Guillermo del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1964. After he finished his study at the film school Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográcios, del Toro went on to work as a special effects make-up designer for about ten years, which is an experience that is reflected in many of […]

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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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January Newsletter update

ÉCU would like to welcome everyone to a cheerful and wonderful 2015! We hope you all had an amazing holiday and spent plenty of time with your family and friends. We look forward to everything this year has to offer. The staff is returning from the holidays happier, more relaxed and, unfortunately, fatter. After gobbling […]

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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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Spotlight: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Français “My position is that of a cinema director. I’m not politically active. But I can’t not react to what is happening around me” says Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose latest movie – LEVIATHAN – can be seen as a very political film, directly aimed to criticize the current elite of Russia. Set on a peninsula by […]

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“Beyond The Line” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

Beyond The Line is a film in the category Student Film, directed by Emilio Gamal Boutros. After nine months on strike, a Welsh miner goes back to work to provide for his family, becoming a traitor to his brother and his community.

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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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August Newsletter Update

Suddenly summer is over again; without warning, you are delved into a crowded metro station with your rainy coat and a nostalgic look. Sure, summer may leave you nice and bronzed but there is so much to look forward in autumn – mornings will be golden and misty, falling leaves, an excuse for hot drinks… […]

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New submission to ÉCU 2015 – “Intrinsic Moral Evil” trailer

“Intrinsic Moral Evil” by Harm Weistra is a new submission to ÉCU in the category European Dramatic Short. Intrinsic Moral Evil seems to be a tale of identity and coming of age. But above all, the three dancers play a game with the viewer’s perception and expectations: is it a memory, a dream, a search […]

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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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“Mbeti: The Road to Kisesini” – new submission to ÉCU!

‘Mbeti: The Road to Kisesini’ by Ann Bromberg is a new submission to ÉCU 2015 in the category of Non-European Documentary. “Mbeti: The Road to Kisesini” is about one woman’s journey to save her village, by saving the mothers and their children from dying of malnutrition caused by unsafe water supply and the lack of […]

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Watch the trailer of the new submission!

Another great new submission for ÉCU 2015! ‘The Still Life of Estelle’ is a student film by Emma Westenberg. Estelle is working at a business party. The evening is on its end and everybody left. In vain she tries to shut the place down, but the three men at the party don’t want to go […]

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“The Bigger Picture” – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’!

Here’s the trailer of student film “The Bigger Picture”, directed by Daisy Jacobs. Is a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ into Animated Films. This is the stark and darkly humorous tale of two brothers struggling to care for their elderly mother. Richard is happy to visit, but flees as soon as anything practical needs to […]

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