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: 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: Elia Kazan

The New York Times called him one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history. Elia Kazan built a foundation of cinema and theater that will remain relevant for generations to come. His film WILD RIVER will be rereleased in select cinemas in Paris starting this week, which presents the perfect […]

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Spotlight: Dardenne brothers

Français Who ever thought filmmaking doesn’t work when two people are doing it together are proved wrong with these two. If it’s because they share the same genes or not, one thing we know: The Dardenne Brothers complement each other. That’s why they have twice received the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Only seven other filmmakers […]

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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: Robert Pattinson

It may seem like a strange choice to spotlight an actor who reached worldwide superstardom by driving teen girls wild in the TWILIGHT films, at once one of the most popular and most reviled series in contemporary big-budget Hollywood. What could Robert Pattinson possibly have to do with the spirit of independent cinema? As it […]

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Spotlight – Sofia Coppola

Français Whether acting on screen or directing behind the camera, Sofia Coppola has been involved in the film industry ever since she was just a baby. Her first appearance was actually as a baby boy in her father, Francis Ford Coppola’s, acclaimed trilogy The Godfather. She returned to act in The Godfather II and The […]

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Spotlight – The Great Beauty

Français This year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film marks the record breaking 11th win for Italy in the category. Paolo Sorrentino‘s “The Great Beauty” follows on the footsteps of his great film predecessor and source of inspiration Frederico Fellini. The director follows his protagonist around Rome, which at times is enchanting, at times […]

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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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Spotlight – Jessica Lange

The latest talk of the indie film scene is the release of ‘In Secret.’ Set in nineteenth century Paris, France ‘In Secret’ tells the story of a young girl who is forced by her domineering aunt to marry her sickly cousin whom she does not love. None other than the legendary actress Jessica Lange plays […]

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Spotlight – Paolo Virzì

Français This week we decided to write about an Italian director that with a particular ironic style represents peculiar situations in the Italian lifestyle and just presented his new film “Il Capitale Umano”, a great example of original and smart independent filmmaking. Meet, Paolo Virzì. He was born in Livorno (Tuscany) and he studied cinematography […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Français It has been a sad week in the filmmaking world, as we have lost one of the greatest actors of our time, a man who was successful both in the independent cinema and on the hills of Hollywood – Philip Seymour Hoffman. His love for acting started at a very early age, and, after […]

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Spotlight – Bruce Dern

Français This award season all bets are off , judging from the Golden Globes, first time actors, established actors and come back acts they all have their place in the sun ! So this week we will spotlight a long awaited come back from a great actor , Bruce Dern. You may recognize the last […]

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New Submission – ONUS

A boy wakes up below a cliff, covered with blood, with a gun in his hand, and chained to a man who lies beside him.. “ONUS” a feature film from the UK is a new submission to ÉCU 2014. Watch its trailer!

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Spotlight – Lupita Nyong’o

Français January is the first year of the month but in the film industry it is also the first month of award season. So to inaugurate award season for this week’s spotlight we chose a newcomer that is the talk of Tinseltown. Lupita Nyong’o with her first appearance on screen has managed to steal the […]

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Spotlight – Top in Indie in 2013

Français A good way to start 2014 would be to catch up with the indie films of last year that you have yet to see ! Here are some suggestions ! First on the list would be the most talked about indie film of the year. The film comes from France and its name is […]

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Spotlight – Top 5 Holiday Films

Français Making lists during the Christmas Holidays is something common, so in order to follow suit this is a list of the 5 holiday movies that should be seen in every household before New Year. And the upside of this list is that it doesn’t matter if you are naughty or nice you will still […]

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