ÉCU at Naperville Independent Film Festival 2017

  ÉCU is thrilled to share, once again, some of its best independent films with its partner festival, Naperville Independent Film Festival. The 10th annual edition of NIFF will take place on September 23rd-30th 2017 in Naperville, Illinois, USA. This year, 15 award winning films from the 12th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent […]

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Movie review: Last Men in Aleppo

  Last men in Aleppo is a brutal, emotionally overwhelming true story of the last humanitarian fighters in Aleppo who risk their lives in a failing society. We follow Khaled (Umar Harah) who is a part of The Syrian Civil Defence also known as The White Helmets – a volunteer organisation that operates in parts […]

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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN SEPTEMBER

  The official denouement of the summer season’s ubiquitous, languorous heat sundry outdoor revelries that is inevitably marked by the foray of the first autumnal month, hardly betokens the diminuendo in culturally rich and artistically plentiful activities that pack the Parisian social calendar to the brim. Take a look below to get to know the […]

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AUGUST UPDATES

There is no doubt that all of us are experiencing some undeniable weariness now that the merry revelries and scorching heat of the summer season is well and truly winding down to welcome the crispy, fresh weather and leaf-strewed streets of these autumnal days. So to combat this inevitable deflation, why not join us in […]

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Spotlight: Gleb Panfilov

It would be almost impossible to leave Gleb Panfilov’s name out of a considered list of East Europe’s most influential living directors. Indubitably, he is one of few filmmakers around who have been able to so adroitly illustrate the collective and individual, material and psychological disposition of the region in its pre- and post-Soviet era, […]

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Movie Review: Everything, Everything

Stella Meghie (JEAN OF THE JONESES) offers a garden-variety teen romance in her second directorial work, Everything, Everything, following the release of her widely applauded debut feature which explores the chaotic dramatics that follow a large Jamaican-American family in a riotously droll, sharply illuminating generational drama. Although her follow up project is equally audacious in […]

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Spotlight: Catherine Breillat

Not only is Catherine Breillat is a bestselling novelist, professor of Auteur Cinema and Bertolucci drama-starring actress – she is also one of France’s most influential modern-day directors, with a directorial oeuvre of nearly twenty films. For over forty decades, Breillat’s viscerally jarring and sensorially perceptive dramas have had generations of cinema-goers on the edge […]

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Movie Review: Wind River

  Wind River is one of the rare films in American cinema to address the problem of sexual violence on Indian reservations and the federal government’s stark indifference to it. Its story of the rape and disappearance of a young Native American woman Natalie (Kelsey Chow) on Wind River Reservation is symbolic of a much […]

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Spotlight: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is one of the most successful French directors of the modern era. His distinctive, whimsical style that can be described as a throwback to cinematic impressionism renders his oeuvre instantly recognizable. Of the several unique trademarks which characterize his films – including a focus on objects, the creation of quirky characters and the […]

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ÉCU goes to Athens!

ÉCU-On-The-Road continues its World-wide tour with a screening in Athens. ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival will be screening a selection of some of the best independent films from around the World in Athens, Greece from the 30th August to the 1st September, 2017. The screenings will take place at the XYTHPIO Theatre Art Café in the Gazi area of Athens and will start at 20.45 every night from Wednesday until Friday and will […]

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Spotlight: Nina Hoss

The first time Nina Hoss had been widely recognized was when she played a very famous German escort girl of the 1950s. The film was a so-called “event movie” played on a private television station in the 90s. So it wasn’t about the female emancipation which Rosemarie – the escort girl’s self-chosen name – espoused, […]

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ÉCU goes to Romania!

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival  is proud to share some of its best films from the 2017’s edition of the festival with our partner Arkadia Shortfest that will take place 1st – 3rd September in Băcoi, Prahova, Romania. The 4th edition the festival will once again offer 3 days of artistic events, that […]

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Movie review: Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan has been known primarily for his cerebral thrillers, but in Dunkirk, he deploys his technical virtuosity to create an utterly emotional experience. Dunkirk stages one of the most desperate periods in Britain’s fight against Nazi Germany, when 400,000 Allied soldiers were surrounded by German forces on the northern beaches of France in the spring of 1940. […]

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Spotlight: Ruben Östlund

BAFTA-nominated, Palme d’Or-winning Swedish filmmaker and screenwriter Ruben Östlund has directed a dozen films over the length of his remarkable filmic career, a unique journey which began in the early 1990s with a trio of skiing films – Addicted, Free Radicals and Free Radicals 2 – on the basis of which the young film-enthusiast was […]

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Movie Review: The Circle

The Circle tells the story of an aspiring young woman named Mae Holland from her first day at the very successful Silicon Valley company ‘The Circle’ and then… well… depends if you are watching the film or reading the book. There are characters with the same names in the book and in the film, and […]

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What to Do in August

Marking the apogee of the tropical season, the month of August is always the surest guarantee of days spent lulled on sun-doused beaches and evenings enjoyed lingering on warm café terraces – all scenes which inevitably populate one’s reveries in the dreary wintry months. The French capital is never a city to allow its residents, […]

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July Updates

As the summer season is now in full swing and the hottest month of the year is upon us, we are eager to update our readers as to the nature of our exciting recent developments! At ÉCU, we are relentless in our quest to embolden filmmakers who are wary to present their works or lack […]

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Movie Review: Frantz

A director as inventive as François Ozon would never remake a film in the conventional sense. His latest work Frantz (2016) is technically a re-staging of Broken Lullaby (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932), which follows a German widow, Anna Hoffmeister, in the wake of WWI as she encounters a mysterious Frenchman at the gravesite of her fiancé, […]

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