ÉCU spotlight: Greta Gerwig and the ‘mumblecore’ film movement

  As the premise of ÉCU is to encourage and promote those who pursue their dreams in independent filmmaking, we are spotlighting the rising star, Greta Gerwig, the American actress and filmmaker who began working in ‘mumblecore’ films. Micro-budgets and amateur actors are key elements of the ostensible ‘mumblecore’ independent film movement of the early 2000s […]

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Newsletter Update

It is the time of  la rentrée here in Paris.. summer is over! But here at the ÉCU office, no one is crying and the festival is getting closer! It’s time to work harder. We have been very busy interviewing new people to join our team, writing articles, judging new submissions and following our partners […]

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SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: ÉCU’s 2011 Best Actor winner Emmett Scanlan

Here at ÉCU we wish to celebrate the most adroit talents in indie cinema today and seek out the finest actors who display passion, intensity and ingenuity in their work. This week’s spotlight is on Dublin born actor Emmett Scanlan who starred as Charlie Barnum in the dark Irish film Charlie Casanova (2010), a part […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Catherine Deneuve – The Queen of French Cinema

Catherine Deneuve: The queen of French cinema that winks at the Independent cinema by Alessia Massa If you have a love for film, you must have a certain appreciation for French cinema. From the Lumière brothers to today, the French cinema has contributed many masterpieces that have helped to write cinematography history. Independent cinema is […]

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SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: MARCEL CARNÉ

  This week the spotlight is on Marcel Carné, an innovative filmmaker who led the poetic realism movement and was arguably considered the most admired French filmmaker of his era. He produced his great works just before the mid-twentieth century, some of which include; “Quai de Brumes” (1938); “Les Portes de la Nuit” (1946); and […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Isabella Ferrari – an actress per chance, an artist by vocation

  This week ÉCU is spotlighting Isabella Ferrari, an Italian actress and Jury member of the International Jury Prize “Luigi De Laurentiis” at the 69 edition of the Venice Film Festival, the oldest film festivals in the world. Isabella is also one of the most beloved actresses of “auteur Italian independent cinema”, highly esteemed by […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Sam Fuller

He was born in August 1912. At twelve years-old, he became a paper boy, at seventeen, a criminal reporter for The New York Graphic, at twenty, a ghost writer, at thirty, a decorated soldier. Scorsese said of him that “when you respond to a Fuller film, what you’re responding to is cinema at its essence. […]

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August Newsletter Update

ÉCU office at the end of the court yard Summer is in full swing here in Paris and whilst we’re suffering from the heat in the office we love the warm days and blue skies. The month of August is always a great time for film fans in Paris as the open air cinemas are […]

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SPOTLIGHT: MEL STUART

This week the spotlight is on Mel Stuart, the documentarian and filmmaker who has recently died at the age 83. (Image of Mel Stuart) Mel Stuart was a celebrated figure in the television and film industry, most notably known for bringing the fantasy world of Roald Dahls’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” to the big […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Lena Dunham

This week we’re spotlighting Lena Dunham, a New York filmmaker who has made her debut into mainstream cinema with her indie comedy “Tiny Furniture”. (Image of Lena Dunham in the TV series “Girls”) Lena Dunham seems to be the girl that everyone is talking about at the minute. She has recently released the critically acclaimed […]

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