Spotlight – Robert Redford

Français   Happy Friday people! As the European Independent Film Festival, ÉCU wants to dedicate this Friday’s spotlight to the person who has been deeply involved with independent film, the « Godfather of Indie » : Robert Redford! The man who supports environmentalism, Native American rights, LGBT rights and the arts was born on the 18th of August […]

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SPOTLIGHT – TERRENCE MALICK

Français   This Friday, ÉCU wants to give the spotlight to a philosophical film director, screenwriter and producer, who has been regarded as one of the greatest living filmmakers and whose works have received consistent praise: Terrence Malick. He studied philosophy at Harvard University and graduated summa cum laude in 1965. Malick is famously protective of his […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MARK RUFFALO

Français   As The European Independent Film Festival, ÉCU never stops encouraging all independent filmmakers in every corner of the world. That’s why, this Friday Spotlight is about a man whose independent spirit leads him to a great success. Mark Ruffalo, whose bio on Twitter is «I’m a husband, father, actor, director, and a climate change […]

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SPOTLIGHT – LUC BESSON

  Français   This Friday, ÉCU decides to give the spotlight to a French film director, writer and producer, who is often described as « the most Hollywood of French filmmakers ». ÉCU presents you, Luc Besson! He was born in 1959, in Paris. When he was 17 years old, he had a diving accident, it led him […]

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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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SPOTLIGHT – CLINT EASTWOOD

  Français   We can’t speak about film industry without taking Clint Eastwood into account! He was born on May 31th, 1930 in San Francisco, California. Before becoming the person he is now, he worked as a logger and truck driver. In 1950, he was called in by the Army Special Services while he met the […]

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Spotlight- Paul Thomas Anderson

Français   This week’s spotlight covers the director of BOGGIE NIGHTS, Paul Thomas Anderson. Encouraged by his father, Paul began making films at a young age. Using the money he saved from working at a pet store, he made his first 30 minute mockumentary at 17 years old. After two semesters in college, Paul made a […]

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Spotlight – Joe Wright

Français     This week’s spotlight highlights the director who brought everyone’s favorite Jane Austen novel to life in 2005. Joe Wright is a British film director known for the films ANNA KARENINA, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, and ATONEMENT.                                     […]

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Spotlight-George Miller

Français   Our next spotlight director is George Miller, director of both the MAD MAX franchise and creator of the popular children’s movies BABE and HAPPY FEET. Surprisingly, George started out as a doctor and spent his off time creating short experimental films. He actually raised the money to create MAD MAX by working as an […]

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Spotlight – James Marsh

Français This spotlight follows the British director James Marsh, whose most recent film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, which portrays the life of Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane, went on to impress both audiences and film critics alike. After graduating with an English degree from the University of Oxford, Marsh started his career by directing […]

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Spotlight – Yorgos Lanthimos

Français Our next spotlight filmmaker understands the value of quality over quantity. With only a handful of films under his belt yet dozens of awards and critical acclaim, Yorgos Lanthimos is one of the most talented filmmakers hailing from Greece. Lanthimos’ experience in directing began in the 90s when he directed a series of videos […]

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Spotlight – Samira Makhmalbaf

Français In honour of International Women’s Day, which was this past Sunday, we want to commemorate one awesome and groundbreaking female director, Samira Makhmalbaf. Although she is the daughter of the acclaimed film director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, she has quickly made a name for herself, ultimately becoming one of the most influential directors of the Iranian […]

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Spotlight – Abderrahmane Sissako

Français For this week’s spotlight, we’ll be taking a look at Abderrahmane Sissako. This “indie”-vidual’s name is a little bit of a tongue twister, but be sure not to forget it because he is currently one of the most prominent African filmmakers of our time. Sissako was born in Mauritania but moved to Mali as […]

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Spotlight – Thomas Vinterberg

Français This year’s Academy Awards took place last Sunday, and we can’t help but feel proud of all the indie filmmakers who were honoured that night. Here at ÉCU, we want to shine a light on another filmmaker with a spotlight instalment on the Danish director, Thomas Vinterberg. Vinterberg’s career started with the short film, […]

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Spotlight – Fernando Eimbcke

Français Grab your sombrero and margarita because for this week’s spotlight, we’ll be looking at director, Fernando Eimbcke. Eimbcke originally wanted to study photography, but after working with famous cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, he decided to switch to film. After being rejected by the University Center for Film Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, […]

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Spotlight – Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Français No one has as much love for making films than our next spotlight “indie”-vidual, Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul. With over fifty shorts and feature films under his belt, but only twenty-two years in the industry, he is definitely one of the most ambitious filmmakers of our time. This native Thai director’s first attempt at filmmaking […]

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Spotlight – Alice Rohrwacher

Français This weeks spotlight focuses on a – despite her last name – young Italian writer and director, whose latest film will open in French theatres next week. LE MERAVIGLIE (The wonders / Les marvelleis) is not new to the French public. Last year, Rohrwacher was the first Italian woman to win a Cannes Grand […]

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Spotlight – Ava DuVernay

Français Awards season is in full swing and all of Hollywood is abuzz with their predictions for who will win. Today, we’ll be taking a look at someone who has been receiving a lot of praise for her indie work this year: Ava DuVernay. You may know her for directing and co-writing SELMA (2014), but […]

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