SPOTLIGHT – TILDA SWINTON

Français  “There’s such an effort to try and explain people.” Once said Katherine Matilda “Tilda” Swinton of Kimmerghame, better known as Tilda Swinton. And what is more difficult to try and explain such a unique, independent and complicated person as she is? Tilda Swinton is one of the most famous actresses in the world, for […]

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SPOTLIGHT – LEOS CARAX

Français Leos Carax is one of the most interesting and innovative directors of the French and European scene. Although he has directed few movies, his style and his “weltanschauung” (vision of the world) are unique and evocative. His complexity and mysterious charm are evident through his characteristics. For example his own name, “Leos Carax”, is […]

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SPOTLIGHT – JOAQUIN PHEONIX

Français Few actors through the years have proved more resilient than Joaquin Phoenix. At just 40 years old, Phoenix has established himself as a Hollywood heavyweight. With three Academy Award nominations under his belt, Phoenix has shone in roles that have run the gamut of diversity — from an authentic portrayal of folk singer Johnny […]

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SPOTLIGHT – CHANTAL AKERMAN

Français Sadly Chantal Akerman passed away this week (5th October 2015), so we wanted to honour her by dedicating this week’s spotlight article to her, to remember the achievements of the Belgian filmmaker and her substantial influence on feminist filmmaking and avant garde cinema. Chantal Anne Akerman, whose occupations included artist, film director, professor, screenwriter, […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MICHAEL CIMINO

Français “If you don’t get it right, what’s the point?” Michael Cimino was the last great independent director in the Hollywood reality of the 80’s big budget movies, and that is the reason why here at ECU we have chosen him for this Friday’s spotlight. Overcoming this initial provocation, Michale Cimino can be considered without […]

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SPOTLIGHT – BILL MURRAY

Français Bill Murray turned 65 earlier this week and so we thought it was only fitting to dedicate this week’s spotlight article to the much-loved actor and comedian. 
William James “Bill” Murray was born on 21st September 1950. He began his acting career with The Second City in Chicago, an improvisational comedy troupe, headed by […]

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SPOTLIGHT – DAVID LYNCH

Français Here at ÉCU we are huge fans of the brilliant director David Lynch and we were therefore very surprised to realise that we had not yet dedicated our Friday’s spotlight article to him, hence why this week he is our character of choice.   David Keith Lynch, born January 20th 1946 is a man […]

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SPOTLIGHT – QUENTIN DUPIEUX

Français This Friday‘s spotlight ÉCU is dedicated to Quentin Dupieux –  a musician, film director and writer, best known for movies RUBBER (2010), WRONG (2012) and REALITY (2014). He is also known as Mister Oizo, which is a corruption of the french oiseau, meaning the bird. Born on April 14th in 1974 in Paris, France, Q.Dupieux stepped into […]

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SPOTLIGHT – TIPPI HEDREN

Français It has been a while since ÉCU wrote an article about actors and actresses, so we‘re fixing this mistake by dedicating this week‘s spotlight to Nathalie Kay Hedren  (better known as Tippi Hedren), who is not only an American actress, but also a former fashion model and an animal rights activist. Tippi Hedren  was born in New […]

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SPOTLIGHT – VITTORIO DE SICA

Français For this Friday spotlight we’ve chosen an Italian film director: Vittorio De Sica (1901-1974). Vittorio De Sica was born in Sora (Italy) in 1901. During his life he travelled through Italy and moved first to Naples and then, with the beginning of World War I, to Florence, but “sometimes a foreign can love Naples […]

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SPOTLIGHT – JAMES CAMERON

Français For this Friday spotlight we’ve chosen a Canadian film director: James Cameron. James Franci Cameron was born in Kapuskasing (Canada) in 1954. Because of family reasons he moved to California and before becoming a filmmaker, he studied at University of California, getting a degree in Physics. With his modern mind, Cameron had a lot […]

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SPOTLIGHT – JEAN-LUC GODARD

Français For this Friday spotlight we’ve chosen a French film director: Jean-Luc Godard. Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris (France) in 1930 into a very rich family. He attended the Sorbone University studying ethnology where he ended his studies in 1949. He is considered one of the most important representatives of the French film movement “Nouvelle Vague” (“New Wave”), as well as one of the most […]

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SPOTLIGHT – GASPAR NOE’

Français For this Friday spotlight we’ve chosen a Franco-Argentine film director: Gaspar Noé. Gaspar Noé, son of the famous Argentine painter Luis Felipe Noé, was born in 1963 in Buenos Aires. He now lives and works in France as film director. Extremely modern and far from the reality, Noé started making film to express his […]

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SPOTLIGHT – TOMM MOORE

Français For this Friday spotlight we’ve chosen an Irish film director: Tomm Moore. Tomm Moore was born in 1977 in Newry. His career of director and screenwriter is based on his passion for animated films: “They always have a metaphorical sense. It is a way to understand better the world”, he said. That’s what he […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MASSIMO TROISI

Français For this Friday spotlight we’ve chosen an Italian film director Massimo Troisi (1953-1994). He was born in Naples in 1953 and started his career as stage actor in 1969. After that, he started a film career as actor, director and screenwriter. His source of inspiration was Pasolini: “When I think of Pasolini I consider […]

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SPOTLIGHT – ALANTE KAVAITE

Français For this Friday spotlight we‘ve chosen Lithuanian film director Alante Kavaite! She was born in 1973 in Vilnius, but has been living in France for almost seventeen years. Asked why she decided to live in a foreign country, her answer was that she wanted to see a different world and a lot of her […]

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Spotlight – Michel Gondry

Français   Do you like Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind? Then you will surely like the guy behind that awesome movie! A multitalented man whose music video works are also ultra cool, an indie innovator, we present you Michel Gondry!   The man who was born in Versaille, 8 May 1963 is a French film […]

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Spotlight – Hayao Miyazaki

Français   Let’s cross the continent! This time, the Friday Spotlight is dedicated to a Japanese screenwriter, producer, film director, author and animator Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki is also the co-founder of Ghibli Studio. The man who was born on January 5th, 1941, has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime […]

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