Spotlight: Pablo Larraín

  Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín has long been considered one of the country’s leading figures in national cinema. Since the mid-2000s, he has ceaselessly reinvigorated Latin American cinema through his neoteric perspectives and rich cultural authenticity in examination of his country’s tumultuous political history, creating a damningly fresh and unyieldingly honest cinematic experience. Larraín’s piercingly […]

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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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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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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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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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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 – SHIA LABEOUF

Français There’s something about Disney stars going bad that makes for such addicting media fodder. Young people shed their wholesome baby faces to make way for chiseled features paired with a matured presence emphasizing sexual confidence for girls, virility for boys. The transition is a gateway to Hollywood’s big leagues, and is rarely a smooth […]

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SPOTLIGHT – CHRISTINA RICCI

Français In the history of moody and dark attractive girls stands Christina Ricci at the very center. Round beady eyes with a petite frame withstanding the force of her intelligently sized head, Ricci set the tone for weird-is-the-new-sexy along with black-will-always-stay-the-new-black for generations of moody and dark attractive girls to come. Frankly put, she is […]

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SPOTLIGHT – TERRENCE MALICK

Français   This Friday, ÉCU wants to give the spotlight to a philosophical film director, screenwriter and producer, who has been regarded as one of the greatest living filmmakers and whose works have received consistent praise: Terrence Malick. He studied philosophy at Harvard University and graduated summa cum laude in 1965. Malick is famously protective of his […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MARK RUFFALO

Français   As The European Independent Film Festival, ÉCU never stops encouraging all independent filmmakers in every corner of the world. That’s why, this Friday Spotlight is about a man whose independent spirit leads him to a great success. Mark Ruffalo, whose bio on Twitter is «I’m a husband, father, actor, director, and a climate change […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MICHEL OCELOT

  Français   This Friday’s genre is animation! ÉCU wants to give the Spotlight to the creative and artistic man, the creator of the awesome masterpieces in the animation world like Kirikou et La Sorcière and Azur et Asmar, Michel Ocelot, who treats his works truly from his heart and soul! Michel Ocelot is a French […]

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Spotlight- Paul Thomas Anderson

Français   This week’s spotlight covers the director of BOGGIE NIGHTS, Paul Thomas Anderson. Encouraged by his father, Paul began making films at a young age. Using the money he saved from working at a pet store, he made his first 30 minute mockumentary at 17 years old. After two semesters in college, Paul made a […]

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Spotlight – Joe Wright

Français     This week’s spotlight highlights the director who brought everyone’s favorite Jane Austen novel to life in 2005. Joe Wright is a British film director known for the films ANNA KARENINA, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, and ATONEMENT.                                     […]

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Spotlight-George Miller

Français   Our next spotlight director is George Miller, director of both the MAD MAX franchise and creator of the popular children’s movies BABE and HAPPY FEET. Surprisingly, George started out as a doctor and spent his off time creating short experimental films. He actually raised the money to create MAD MAX by working as an […]

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Spotlight – James Marsh

Français This spotlight follows the British director James Marsh, whose most recent film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, which portrays the life of Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane, went on to impress both audiences and film critics alike. After graduating with an English degree from the University of Oxford, Marsh started his career by directing […]

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Spotlight – Yorgos Lanthimos

Français Our next spotlight filmmaker understands the value of quality over quantity. With only a handful of films under his belt yet dozens of awards and critical acclaim, Yorgos Lanthimos is one of the most talented filmmakers hailing from Greece. Lanthimos’ experience in directing began in the 90s when he directed a series of videos […]

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Spotlight – Abderrahmane Sissako

Français For this week’s spotlight, we’ll be taking a look at Abderrahmane Sissako. This “indie”-vidual’s name is a little bit of a tongue twister, but be sure not to forget it because he is currently one of the most prominent African filmmakers of our time. Sissako was born in Mauritania but moved to Mali as […]

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