MOVIE REVIEW: THE SHAPE OF WATER

  A fairytale about the transcendent power of communication, The Shape of Water is the eloquent gem that Guillermo Del Toro fans have been waiting for. Set in early ’60s Baltimore, it tells the story of a young mute woman named Elisa (Sally Hawkins) who works as a janitor at a secret military lab where […]

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WHAT TO DO IN JANUARY

  Happy New Year! If you’re ringing in the new year in Paris, or simply looking for something fresh, fun and filmic to do in the City of Lights, let this list guide you through the first month of 2018!  The Grande Parade on the Champs-Elysées   On January 1, there will be a Grande Parade […]

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DECEMBER UPDATES

  We were so busy this December that we don’t really know where to begin! To start with, it is very important to us that we mention again how grateful we are for all of the films that we received for our Earlybird deadline on December 17th. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it […]

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SPOTLIGHT: CHRIS MORRIS

  With rumours emerging that he is very soon to be back on our movie screens, ÉCU thought this would be an opportune time to shine our famous spotlight on this infamously shadowy and elusive British writer, director, comedian, and so much more. Although he is now known as one of Britain’s greatest satirists of […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: WITHNAIL AND I

  If you are a Brit, like I am, it is highly likely you are acquainted with the film Withnail and I. You’ve either watched it a million times, or heard your family and friends rave about it. Although Withnail and I dates from 1987, its brand of British humour is still very much the […]

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SPOTLIGHT: ANDERS THOMAS JENSEN

  As actors and directors are the usual focus of our spotlights, it’s time to spin the bottle on the exquisite Danish screenwriter, Anders Thomas Jensen. With more 50 scripts and two Oscar statuettes under his belt, he is definitely worth your attention and might remind you that what makes a good story is a […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: JEUNE FEMME

  Last week I decided to brave the arctic temperatures in Paris and venture out to the cinema. I wanted to see “Jeune femme” as the woman in the trailer reminded me a little of me: a loveable mess living in Paris, not quite sure where she is going in life, but trying her best. […]

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SPOTLIGHT: GURINDER CHADHA

  Seeing as Gurinder Chadha has just won this year’s Women and Hollywood trailblazer award, we thought it was as good a time as any to do a spotlight at her!  Being a feminist icon, we definitely think that she’s a worthy subject of our spotlight feature! If you can’t recall who she is, let […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: A GHOST STORY

  How do you switch from producing Disney movie Pete Dragon to directing Casey Affleck  under a blanket for ‘A Ghost Story’? We are not too sure, but talented filmmaker David Lowery accomplished both tasks. IndieWire gave it the first spot on their list of the best independent films of 2017, even though the movie […]

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SPOTLIGHT: NANCY BUIRSKI

  In her interview with IndieWire, director Nancy Buirski discussed her beginnings in the world of film as the founder of North Carolina’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. What has surprised her most over the years is that among the hundreds of documentaries she’s seen at her festival, very few have been willing to take […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: PERSONAL SHOPPER

  “Uncategorizable” is how the Guardian referred to ‘Personal Shopper’ after awarding it five stars. Time magazine also praised it for being a “strange and beautifully made film.” French film director Olivier Assayas won Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The official premiere there was received by an almost five minutes […]

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WHAT TO DO IN DECEMBER

  December has arrived in Paris — the time for thick socks, warm wine, and close friends. But this doesn’t mean you have to stay bundled at home all month! Paris has a bevy of activities to keep you enchanted and excited until the new year. Christmas Markets There are several fantastic Christmas markets around […]

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SPOTLIGHT: TAIKA WAITITI

  Taika Waititi was born in Wellington in 1975. In the interceding years, he has helmed outstanding works across film, television, and Twitter, obtained a heaping helping of acclaim throughout three continents out of the possible seven, and this very year, has been dubbed the #1 person from his country of birth. Waititi, raised by […]

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NOVEMBER UPDATES

  Despite the fact that November is the month where coldness worsens and Christmas fast approaches, we at ECU have been so focused on our quest of discovering and sharing with you the very best of indie film, that we haven’t even picked out a festive jumper to wear, let alone started our letters to […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE SQUARE

The Square is the latest masterpiece from Ruben Östlund, director of Force Majeure (2014). Winning a Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2017 – one of the most prestigious prizes in film, grabbed the attention of international audiences and earned the film Sweden’s nomination for the Oscars. Östlund’s film is a reflection of our times through […]

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SPOTLIGHT: RICHARD KELLY

  While the name might not spark immediate recognition, Richard Kelly is most famous for writing and directing cult film Donnie Darko. This was Kelly’s first feature film and received 11 awards out of 23 nominations. The release of the film followed an interesting popularity trajectory nonetheless, as it did not receive immediate praise on […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: SING STREET

  Sing street tells the story of a teenager called Conor who sets up a band in order to attract a beautiful girl named Raphina that he met on the street. This is John Carney’s third independent musical film since Once & Begin Again. The soundtrack was composed by Danny Wilson frontman Gary Clark, and […]

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Guess who’s going to Mexico – ÉCU-On-The-Road is!

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has joined together with new partner festival, The International Film Festival Celayas (FICC), who will be hosting a screening of selected films from ÉCU 2017 Winners. The festival takes place on the 24th – 26th of November in Celaya, Mexico. We are very excited! Films being screened have […]

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