Spotlight: Mira Nair

  In 2017, Mira Nair’s insurmountable figure towers in contemporary cinema as one of America’s most esteemed filmmakers. Her perspicuous socio-cultural explorations of Indian society in all its rich dimensions allows for the emergence of an astonishingly profound cinematic experience. Born in India’s eastern state of Odisha and educated at both New Delhi University and Harvard, Nair began her […]

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Movie Review: Things to Come

  In Things to Come (2016), Natalie Chazeaux (Isabelle Huppert) is working in Paris as a French philosophy teacher when her quiet life suddenly crumbles. After twenty years of marriage, her husband leaves her for another woman. Her mother dies. Her long-time publishing house no longer wants to distribute her work. Though she stoically traverses her troubles, it is […]

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Spotlight: Reed Morano

  Directed by veteran cinematographer Reed Morano, Hulu’s new original series The Handmaid’s Tale is a masterwork of television adaptation. Elegant and disquieting, it’s the perfect crystallization of Margaret Atwood’s dystopia: a near-future America, renamed Gilead, whose population is dying out and whose religious fundamentalist government has forced society’s remaining fertile women (handmaids) to work […]

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ÉCU in Cannes 2017

    With the festival feeling like a distant memory, its time for ÉCU’s next adventure as we set off for our annual appointment with the Cannes Film Festival where we will be launching our ‘call for submissions’ for ÉCU 2018. Kicking off our Cannes tour, we will be at the T3: Talent, Tools and […]

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MOVIE REVIEW THROWBACK: ALMOST FAMOUS

– Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning cult-classic, Almost Famous (2000), offers audiences an entrancing delve into the world of 1970s rock music with its perfect blend of sharp humour, charmingly époque-capturing cinematography, hypnotizing cast performances and an exquisite musical score which all poetically capture the emotional complexities in the maturation of 15-year-old rock-enthusiast William Miller at the […]

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SPOTLIGHT: RAOUL PECK

– Haitian filmmaker, writer and former politician Raoul Peck paints profoundly jarring and wildly spirited portraits of the protracted and tumultuous political conflicts that are deeply enmeshed in the modern-day Haitian experience. Over the course of his three-decade long filmic career, Peck has demonstrated an exquisitely nuanced narrative dexterity in his treatment of the significant […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: GULISTAN, LAND OF ROSES

– The acclaimed Kurdish documentary Gulîstan, Land of Roses (2016) follows a group of female fighters in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as they battle the Islamic State in Northern Iraq. Director Zaynê Akyol conceived her film as a tribute to Gulîstan, a Kurdish activist she’d known in Montreal who left for Iraq to join […]

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Spotlight: Lucrecia Martel

– Argentine director, screenwriter and producer Lucrecia Martel has long been considered one of the key figures of the New Argentine Cinema wave, with her films serving as stunningly poetic and piercingly authentic social critiques of the collective malaise that permeates modern society. Martel sheds a highly penetrating light on the devastating dissolution she illuminates […]

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#SheShoots Recap

ÉCU was proud to present #SheShoots, a panel composed of the female film directors in competition at ÉCU 2017.  This was an exceptional year because not only did 2017 mark the 12th edition of ÉCU, but we also had the privilege of showcasing films from a record number of 29 independent female filmmakers. In an industry […]

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Filmmakers Interviews 2017

Year upon year ÉCU has the privilege of showcasing a magnitude of talent in filmmaking and our 12th edition proved to be no exception. We were thrilled that so many directors and representatives from our Official Selection were able to join us, and during the course of the festival weekend we were able to delve […]

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Movie Review: Get Out

The subject matter of racial tensions in America has been firmly on the radar in Hollywood cinema since the 1950s, gradually receiving deeper and more nuanced treatment as increasing attention and funding has been given to productions that explore the 400 year racial drama of the United States. The last few years have produced a […]

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What to do in Paris in May

Can you believe it’s now May? Although it seems as if the cold January New Year was just last week, we’ve already entered the fifth month of 2017 [what?]. Things seem to have finally come alive again between the warm temperatures, gorgeous blue skies, and bright pink cherry blossom trees scattered along the Parisian streets. […]

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April Updates

This month is the high-point of our year here at ÉCU as it marks the onset of our highly anticipated three-day festival extravaganza – the 12th edition of the European Independent Film Festival! All our busied toil and extensive preparations in anticipation of the festival paid off on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd at Cinéma Les 7 Parnassiens, […]

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Movie Review: Kati Kati

  Watching Kenyan director Mbithi Masya’s debut feature, viewers are brought into contact with a mystical sensibility that recalls the beliefs of early-20th-century filmmakers that the transformative energies of cinema were by far the medium’s most vital feature. Swahili for “in-between”, kati kati refers to the film’s strange desert purgatory where a young woman, Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga), […]

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Winners 2017

Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival – announces its 2017 award-winning films, including its highest honour, “Best European Independent Film 2017.” After showcasing 73 films from 28 countries, ÉCU 2017 ended its indie-packed weekend with a dazzling final ceremony recognizing 25 award winners in 14 categories. Winners included: EMILY […]

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Official Selection: Day Three In Review

The three-day spectacle that is ÉCU 2017 has offered festival attendees a jam-packed programme of impressive independent film screenings, spirited live music sets, perspicuous workshops and director Q&As, all constituting an unforgettable celebration of the world of independent cinema, right in the centre of the French capital! The end of ÉCU 2017 is swiftly approaching […]

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Watch ÉCU’s Awards Ceremony Live here!

Tonight we will be having the awards ceremony! If you happen to not be at the festival because you are somewhere else wishing you were here, you’re in luck. We are going LIVE, so you can be right here with us while all the indie action is happening. Just have a look down here: Streaming […]

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Official Selection: Day Two In Review

  Last night, ÉCU 2017 got off to an absolutely roaring start with our opening night that featured a thrilling selection of transfixing independent films and a range of animated introductory festivities, including a heartfelt welcome speech from the festival president Scott Hillier, a energetic live-music line-up and a buzzing after-party at the left bank’s […]

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