Spotlight: Mads Mikkelsen

Français Once an unknown with unconventional roots, the chiselled features of Mads Mikkelsen have now captured the hearts of fans world-wide with his role on the American show, Hannibal (2013-2015), and a variety of international roles. A television adaptation of the Hannibal Lecter series, this show and these high profile films have propelled the former […]

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April Updates

The sun is bona fide out here in Paris; spring feels officially underway. It’s about time the City of Lights got a little warmth after the brouhaha that was the 2016 ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. Our 11th edition is officially done and won. Over half of our winning directors were in show, […]

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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 – 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 – 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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Official Selection 2015

Français ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival is delighted to reveal the Official Selection of its 10th Edition. ÉCU 2015 will showcase 84 films from 32 countries from April 10th to April 12th in Paris, France. Arab Special Selection AMONGST, Mohammed Alsalman, Saudi Arabia    WITH TIME, Malak Quota, United Arab Emirates    THE RIDDLE, Fidae […]

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New submission to ÉCU 2015 – “How I Lost My Best Friends” trailer

“How I Lost My Best Friends” is a film by Natalie Schwan and our new submission in the category Non-European Dramatic Short. Through nostalgic flashbacks triggered by a return to his hometown, 20-something Danny analyzes his most influential and important relationships as he tries to figure out how to move forward in his life.

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Spotlight: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Français “My position is that of a cinema director. I’m not politically active. But I can’t not react to what is happening around me” says Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose latest movie – LEVIATHAN – can be seen as a very political film, directly aimed to criticize the current elite of Russia. Set on a peninsula by […]

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ÉCU-on-the-Road: MUSEfest

Our ÉCU-on-the-Road tour continues, allowing filmmakers who submit to us the opportunity to screen their films around the world. The next stop on the tour is the first edition of MUSEfest, taking place in London on November 29th. MUSEfest celebrates inspiring women in and around the global music scene. MUSEfest was founded by Zeb Achonu […]

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“With Time” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

“With Time” by Malak Quota is a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ in the category Arab Special Section. Abandoned and locked in a room, two young sisters live their life indulging in fantasies and struggling through reality.

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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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“Killing My Girl” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’!

“Killing My Girl” by Tasos Giapoutzis is a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ in the category Student Film. A young South Asian woman lives away from home, in London, with her husband and in-laws. The film depicts her struggle to undergo sex-selective abortion against her will.

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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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“Beyond The Line” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

Beyond The Line is a film in the category Student Film, directed by Emilio Gamal Boutros. After nine months on strike, a Welsh miner goes back to work to provide for his family, becoming a traitor to his brother and his community.

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Spotlight: Chantal Akerman

Français Each year Sight & Sound updates their list of ‘The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time’. The huge jury of critics, programmers and academics came to the grand total of 846 while the number of films by female directors they chose was… 1. JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE 1080 BRUXELLES (1975) by […]

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Interview with Paul Richardson – “J’adore Paris” timelapse

ÉCU has been in love with Paris for almost 10 years now… until we stumbled upon the time-lapse video “J’adore Paris” created and produced by Paul Richardson. Watching his video made us fall even deeper, that’s why we’ve decided to ask him a few questions about his career and impressive techniques. J’adore Paris from Paul […]

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“127” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

In the category Dramatic Short, “127” by Christopher Peters is the story of a young man trapped between his vicious, cult like gang, the police and his childhood priest.

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Spotlight: Frederick Wiseman

Français The genre of documentary would not be the same without him: tireless, prolific and incredibly intuitive, Frederick Wiseman, the director who reinvented the documentary, has made an enormous contribution by elevating and legitimizing it to the status of narrative film. One of the issues on which he has insisted above all in the unfolding […]

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