Spotlight – Christian Carion

Français Continuing on the movies with Christmas spirit, we would like to draw your attention to a French movie director Christian Carion and his movie JOYEUX NOËL. Christian grew up in a farm in northern France, not far from the places where the former front during World War I was set, as such, he recalls […]

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Spotlight: Marius Ivaškevičius

Français Christmas holiday is inevitably approaching and while everybody is busy preparing for it, we though about presenting several directors, or more their particular movies, that might be an interesting replacement for a mainstream Christmas-like movies, that are watched over and over every year. As such, this week we would like to draw your attention […]

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Spotlight: Zoe Kazan

Français Zoe Kazan is one of those actresses who has been slowly building up her resume with impressive performances and gradually gaining momentum in terms of public recognition. A California native who happens to be the daughter of two Oscar-nominated screenwriters, Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord as well as the granddaughter of famed director Elia […]

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Spotlight: Richard Ayoade

Français Richard Ayoade is most famously known for his perpetually awkward but constantly amusing role as the computer technician Maurice Moss in THE IT CROWD. He is one of the most deferential and self-deprecating men in the entertainment industry who has directed two spectacular films. They differ significantly in tone, but are equally captivating. He […]

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Spotlight: Lotfy Nathan

Français Lotfy Nathan is a young first time director who caught our attention with his bold documentary debut. Nathan, born in England to Egyptian parents, spent most of his childhood in the suburbs of Boston then moved to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art. He was majoring in painting when he decided […]

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Spotlight: Alex Ross Perry

Français Some have described him as the new Woody Allen, another magazine simply declared “Alex Ross Perry is not an asshole,” to which he promptly replied that that was just one person’s opinion. Sarcastic and funny, but also thoughtful and full of well-oriented ideas, Perry first became interested in cinema and directing during high school […]

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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: 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: Emma Stone

She first swept us off our feet as a straightedge high school student who manipulates the grape vine to move up on the social totem pole. In reality, this actress hardly needs help in the popularity department. Followers have dyed their hair red in imitation, and fantasized about dating her super-hero boyfriend. Now, adoring fans […]

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Spotlight: Ken Loach

Known for his naturalistic directing style, this British director has been inspiring the film world for many years. He is always faithful to his mission to direct films, which deal with social issues such as homelessness and labor rights. Not only is his choice of subjects unique, but also his philosophy of filmmaking still stands […]

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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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Spotlight: Dariush Mehrjui

Modern Iranian cinema begins with Dariush Mehrjui. He was the founding member of the Iranian New Wave movement by introducing symbolism, realism and the sensibilites of cinema to the Iranian audience. His films were internationally praised because he wasn’t afraid to address taboo subjects in order to let the world know what’s going on in […]

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Spotlight: Saoirse Ronan

One of the youngest actresses to ever receive nominations for an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe, Saoirse Ronan has already had an extraordinarily impressive career at the tender age of twenty years old. Ronan, with an acting style described as both eccentric and intense, came to international eminence in 2007 with Joe Wright’s film […]

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Spotlight – Julie Gayet

Français ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2014 brought fresh talent to the big screens, while also highlighting the work of highly regarded and established players in the independent film scene. One of the most talked-about celebrities this festival season is the French actress Julie Gayet, who starred in the European Dramatic Short film […]

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Spotlight: Paul Thomas Anderson

Français At age 43, Paul Thomas Anderson is currently gearing up for the late 2014 release of his seventh feature film; by all accounts in the early stages of his career, PTA is already sitting pretty, designated across diverse film circles as one of the best directors of the modern age. When it comes to […]

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Spotlight – Bette Davis

Français In order to have an understanding and appreciation for current actors it is essential to look back in film history to see where these actors get their inspiration and who has influenced their acting techniques. An actress, who paved the way for and inspired celebrated females in film today, such as Meryl Streep and […]

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Spotlight – Robert Redford

Français ÉCU takes pride in being a platform that helps further the development and creativity of independent filmmakers and the independent film industry. In this week’s spotlight, ÉCU looks into the career of an actor who is not only an American classic but also creator of his own nationally acclaimed film festival “Sundance,” Robert Redford. […]

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