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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“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: 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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What to do in Paris in October

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey, but there’s no need to book the first flight to California. Paris is still buzzing with activity this October. Film Most famous for The 400 Blows, François Truffaut is the subject of a huge retrospective at the Cinémathèque Française covering his work as a director, […]

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September Newsletter Update

September is finishing, and so is summer apparently. We’ve had an amazingly warm month where Parisians haven’t had their notorious cranky attitude, but they’ve actually seemed to enjoy their life, taking their “apéros” near the canals and lying down on the beautiful parks. ÉCU team has had a busy but exciting month; we received loads […]

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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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What to do in September

September might be one of the best times to spend in Paris. With a tourist peak season coming to an end and everything from people to shops coming out of summer vacation, Paris in September invites you to experience real spirit of the city. Cinema As during any other month in Paris, there is something […]

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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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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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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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What to Do in July

It is hard to believe, but the first month of summer has already finished though it seems that Paris is only starting to warm up. All Parisians and the city guests are just going crazy about the summer sales here. If you were not caught by this shopping fever and have some energy left then […]

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Spotlight: Élodie Fontan

The recently released French film Serial (Bad) Weddings (Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu ?) by Philippe de Chauveron has become a box office sensation. The introspective comedy, following the French cinematic tradition, is both an impetus of laughter and reflection, commenting on ideological positions through the use of “normalized” racially charged dialogue. Three […]

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June Newsletter Update

Things have been heating up in both a literal and figurative sense this month at the ÉCU office. Submissions for the 10th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival are starting to roll in, and we have been thoroughly enjoying going through them while we continue to promote the fantastic films from the […]

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24 lies a second: An Interactive Film Project

When ÉCU—The European Independent Film Festival travels the world to find the best independent films, we find some amazing people along the way. One of our team members had the pleasure of meeting French film collector and leading figure, Bruno Bouchard, at the Festival de Cannes earlier this season. He told us about his ongoing […]

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Partner Festival: International Festival of Digital Cinema

At ÉCU, we believe in presenting the most inventive films worldwide. That’s one reason we are so excited to be partnering with the Festival of New Cinema, International Festival of Digital Cinema! Today, digital technology allows everyday people to become filmmakers. With that idea in mind, the 10th edition of this special festival has decided to take on […]

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What to Do in June

June in Paris is the time to enjoy all of your summer sun and events before city-dwellers escape to country homes to avoid the unbearable heat and flocks of tourists! There are loads of art, music, sports, and film events that should keep you busy through the month. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites […]

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