ÉCU Official Selection 2018

  The 13th edition of ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival will showcase 81 films from 37 countries on May 4th, 5th, 6th 2018 in Paris, France. European Dramatic Feature  European Dramatic Short European Documentary Non-European Dramatic Feature Non-European Dramatic Short Non-European Documentary Student Film Arab Special Selection European Music Video European Comedy Film Experimental Film […]

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ÉCU s’associe avec Arab Cinema Center!

  Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer que Le Prix Ahmed Khedr pour l’Excellence dans la Réalisation de Films Arabes sera désormais présenté en collaboration avec le Centre du Cinéma Arabe (ACC – Arab Cinema Center). On a décidé de créer cette catégorie en 2013 car nous avons été étonnés par le niveau des films participants issus […]

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Movie Review: Don’t Breathe.

It’s always satisfying to see when a low-budget movie is smashing the box office from its first day of release. DON’T BREATHE has no big stars, no fancy location and was made on a small budget, yet it surprised everyone. Although there is no clear recipe to success, like baking a cake, it always helps […]

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Movie Review: Phantom Thread

In Paul Thomas Anderson’s gothically-titled Phantom Thread, Daniel Day-Lewis plays a man as famously exacting as himself: a renowned dressmaker in ’50s London named Reynolds Woodcock. The actor’s approach to his work finds its supreme outlet in the meticulous couturier, whose methods are likewise torturous even as they guarantee his exquisite creations. Anderson’s film dissects Woodcock’s creative genius with Hitchcockian coldness, […]

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Spotlight: Ryan Coogler

Even with the boundless new talent present in cinema today, it would be difficult to find an up-and-coming filmmaker with a track record quite as astonishing as Ryan Coogler’s. With just three feature films under his belt, he has managed to tell three outstandingly engaging and intimate stories, contribute to two major franchises, and thread […]

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Spotlight: FRANCES MCDORMAND

As she once again mesmerises us on screen, this time in her film “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri”, it might be worth paying closer attention to the insurmountable force of nature that is Frances McDormand. As an actress, we know that she is talented – she is one of the very few actors who […]

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Movie Review: On the Beach At Night Alone

  Art and life have overlapped in the cinema many a time, but rarely do they achieve the proximity one finds in Hong Sang-soo’s latest work On the Beach at Night Alone. In response to the obsessive media coverage in South Korea of his affair with actress Kim Min-hee, Hong has crafted a film-confession in […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE SHAPE OF WATER

  A fairytale about the transcendent power of communication, The Shape of Water is the eloquent gem that Guillermo Del Toro fans have been waiting for. Set in early ’60s Baltimore, it tells the story of a young mute woman named Elisa (Sally Hawkins) who works as a janitor at a secret military lab where […]

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SPOTLIGHT: ANDERS THOMAS JENSEN

  As actors and directors are the usual focus of our spotlights, it’s time to spin the bottle on the exquisite Danish screenwriter, Anders Thomas Jensen. With more 50 scripts and two Oscar statuettes under his belt, he is definitely worth your attention and might remind you that what makes a good story is a […]

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CRITIQUE DE FILM: JEUNE FEMME

  La semaine dernière j’ai décidé d’affronter la température glaciale de dehors et d’aller au cinéma. Je voulais aller voir « jeune femme » puisque la femme dans la bande annonce me faisait penser à moi : une fille un peu bordélique mais sympathique, qui ne sait pas où elle va dans la vie, mais qui fait de […]

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SPOTLIGHT: NANCY BUIRSKI

  Dans son entretien avec Indiewire, réalisatrice Nancy Buirski a parlé de ses débuts dans le monde du cinéma comme fondatrice du Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Ce qui l’a surpris le plus au fils des ans est que très peu de documentaires parmi les centaines qu’elle a vus à son festival étaient disposés à […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: PERSONAL SHOPPER

  « Uncategorizable” is how the Guardian referred to ‘Personal Shopper’ after awarding it five stars. Time magazine also praised it for being a “strange and beautifully made film.” French film director Olivier Assayas won Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The official premiere there was received by an almost five minutes […]

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WHAT TO DO IN DECEMBER

  December has arrived in Paris — the time for thick socks, warm wine, and close friends. But this doesn’t mean you have to stay bundled at home all month! Paris has a bevy of activities to keep you enchanted and excited until the new year. Christmas Markets There are several fantastic Christmas markets around […]

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SPOTLIGHT: TAIKA WAITITI

  Taika Waititi was born in Wellington in 1975. In the interceding years, he has helmed outstanding works across film, television, and Twitter, obtained a heaping helping of acclaim throughout three continents out of the possible seven, and this very year, has been dubbed the #1 person from his country of birth. Waititi, raised by […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: SING STREET

  Sing street tells the story of a teenager called Conor who sets up a band in order to attract a beautiful girl named Raphina that he met on the street. This is John Carney’s third independent musical film since Once & Begin Again. The soundtrack was composed by Danny Wilson frontman Gary Clark, and […]

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SPOTLIGHT: TOM HARDY

    You will probably have no problem recognising the man in this picture. He is now indisputably one of Hollywood’s biggest actors, but before he rose to fame Tom Hardy was just an actor of humble beginnings, living in London.  Tom’s steady rise to fame began after being cast in the WW2 miniseries Band […]

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SPOTLIGHT: PAUL DANO

  Le spotlight de cette semaine est dédié à Paul Dano, le chouchou des films indépendants. Né en 1984 à New York, il a commencé à être comédien il y a 23 ans, en jouant dans une pléthore des milieux et en dépictant un large spectre des personnages. Mais quelque chose reste constant parmi ses […]

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SPOTLIGHT: PAUL DANO

  This week’s spotlight is dedicated to indie film darling Paul Dano. Born in 1984 in New York City, he’s been an actor for over two thirds of his life, across a plethora of mediums, depicting a wide spectrum of characters. But one thing remains constant across his dozens of roles: passion. Dano got his […]

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