Spotlight: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Français This Turkish photographer, screenwriter, actor, and last but not least, film director, has been under the spotlight since May, when his latest film WINTER SLEEP won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. The film also won the FIPRESCI Prize and has been selected as the Turkish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film […]

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Spotlight: Céline Sciamma

Français This week’s spotlight is dedicated to Céline Sciamma, one of the best French female film directors of the last years. Céline fell in love with cinema when she was a teenager and started going to her town’s arthouse theatre three times a week, where she got an interested in reading film scripts and biographies […]

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Spotlight: Wim Wenders

Français Wim Wenders is known as a unique contemporary film auteur, who “has shaped our living memory of cinema”, says Dieter Kosslick, the Director of the Berlin International Film Festival. In February 2015 the Oscar-nominated filmmaker will be awarded the Honorary Golden Bear Award for his lifetime achievements. Current president of European Film Academy, Wenders […]

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Spotlight: Robert Rodríguez

Director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, composer and musician – a 360 degrees artist made in Texas, USA. This week ÉCU is focusing on a big master of pulp filmmaking tradition, a b-movie lover, a creative man that still inspires the whole indie film world: Robert Rodríguez. He was rejected by film schools but his passion […]

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Spotlight: Léa Seydoux

In her childhood she had wanted to become an opera singer but gave up that dream because of her timid nature. At the age of 18 she became interested in acting and not only did she manage to overcome her shyness, in only 10 years she managed to play some of the most provocative film […]

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Spotlight: Robin Williams

On Monday, August 11th 2014, the planet of cinema stopped as the death of Robin Williams was announced. The American actor’s passing triggered a surge of homages. At ÉCU, we would like to salute him by dedicating our this week’s spotlight to this great man. Massive homages have been made to the actor Robin Williams […]

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Spotlight: Richard Linklater

As BOYHOOD – the last film of Richard Linklater – is screened at the cinema now, we decided to dedicate this week’s spotlight to this American director. Richard Linklater was born in 1960 in Houston, Texas. Far from having an already traced path dedicated to cinema, Richard Linklater dropped his studies at the university to […]

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Spotlight: Scarlett Johansson

Français While still being under 30, this actress can already count two decades of acting career with a list of roles from seductive beauty to the girl next-door or super power woman. She is called the muse for several famous directors and not only because of her stunning looks but also for her unforgettable and […]

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Spotlight: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Français The French-British born actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of the British actress and singer Jane Birkin and of the legendary French singer Serge Gainsbourg is now a recognized character in the musical and cinematographic domain. Under the impulse of her mother, she got her first role at age thirteen in the movie PAROLES ET MUSIQUE […]

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Spotlight: Lina Plioplyte

Français As we are based in Paris our love for films and fashion is obvious. But moving further from Paris, we are turning our heads to Lithuania and are happy to introduce you Lina Plioplyte whose first film of aged New York fashionistas has recently been released in the UK and Irish cinemas. Lina Plioplyte, […]

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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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