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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Spotlight: Pawel Pawlikowski

Français “My films are always a reflection of where I am in my life” – says Polish film director Pawel Pawlikowski, for whom “being a filmmaker is a nightmare. It’s sort of blood, sweat and tears” and who actually never went to a film school to become a filmmaker. It just sort of happened. As […]

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Spotlight: Ignas Jonynas

Français Ignas Jonynas is Lithuanian director who just released his first full-length film, THE GAMBLER. Before that Jonynas worked in the theatre for almost 10 years, had several shows in the radio, created couple of short films (SUNDAY AS IT IS and DANCING WORM) and was part of the first generation of Lithuania’s advertisers, thus […]

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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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Spotlight: Alex Ross Perry

Français Some have described him as the new Woody Allen, another magazine simply declared “Alex Ross Perry is not an asshole,” to which he promptly replied that that was just one person’s opinion. Sarcastic and funny, but also thoughtful and full of well-oriented ideas, Perry first became interested in cinema and directing during high school […]

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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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Spotlight: Roberto Minervini

Français Roberto Minervini is a director who breaks the rules, a late starter, not an Italian on the run but on the go. Originally from Marche, a small Italian region, he graduated in economics and started working as a business consultant. After losing his job because of the tragedy of the 11th September 2001, he […]

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Spotlight: Lav Diaz

Français Lav Diaz is one of the innovators of the contemporary cinema: he is not only one of the vanguards of Philippine cinema, that is in an extraordinary and constant evolution during last years, but above all one of the entire international film scenery. The independent filmmaker is established and acclaimed in the most important […]

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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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