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: ABDELLATIF KECHICHE

  Whether you idolize him, vilify him, or are torn about your views on him — there is no denying that Abdellatif Kechiche has made a profound and lasting mark on the French filmmaking world. With his characteristically long yet ambitious takes, his search for beauty in realism, and his passionate political engagement, Kechiche has become […]

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Movie Review: Visages Villages

  Like a delicious camembert with honey, the film Visages Villages (Faces Places) was definitely cheesy but pleasantly sweet at the same time. We follow the unlikely duo of director Agnès Varda and artist JR, as they travel throughout France, capturing the faces of those they encounter. The project all began in 2015, when Agnès […]

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CRITIQUE DU FILM: VISAGES VILLAGES

  Tel un délicieux camembert qui se déguste avec du miel, le film Visage Village était sans aucun doute un peu “cheesy” (comme le disent les anglais) mais aussi plaisant à regarder. Dans ce film, nous suivons le couple improbable de réalisatrice Agnès Varda et artiste Jr sillonnant la France et filmant leurs rencontres. Le […]

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ÉCU-in-Cannes

Français   For ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival, three days in Paris is just not enough. We love travelling around the world making sure our Official Selection filmmakers and films are known. This can best be achieved through promoting and screening the best indie films, so ÉCU will attend the Cannes Film Festival! Cannes Film Festival strives to encourage […]

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Spotlight: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Français “My position is that of a cinema director. I’m not politically active. But I can’t not react to what is happening around me” says Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose latest movie – LEVIATHAN – can be seen as a very political film, directly aimed to criticize the current elite of Russia. Set on a peninsula by […]

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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: 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: 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 – The Great Beauty

Français This year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film marks the record breaking 11th win for Italy in the category. Paolo Sorrentino‘s “The Great Beauty” follows on the footsteps of his great film predecessor and source of inspiration Frederico Fellini. The director follows his protagonist around Rome, which at times is enchanting, at times […]

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Cannes Short Film Corner: Interview with José Salazar

Cannes, 24th May – Short films corner ÉCU had the opportunity to meet and interview José Salazar, the director of the film “Passage” screened at the Cannes Film Festival Short films corner, a film co-directed with Tom Smith. José Salazar, is a Venezuelan filmmaker who has been living  in Paris for the last 10 years. […]

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La vie d’Adèle – Review

“La vie d’Adèle”, fifth film of the franco-tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche is a must-see for everyone. After been named best film at Cannes, the film has been described as politic, provocative and shocking. The lesbian sex scenes are indeed very explicit, however the striking power of this masterpiece lies in its ability to describe the […]

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ÉCU at Cannes Film Festival 2013

Here we are people: ÉCU has finally landed in Cannes! Like every year, ÉCU is here to search new indie talents around the world, to run from meetings to meetings and, of course, to enjoy the fabulous parties. Also look out, we might even cross you on the red carpet. Don’t you think that Cannes […]

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ÉCU Sotto i Riflettori: Carey Mulligan

Con l’anteprima eccezionale de Il Grande Gatsby proprio dietro l’angolo all’apertura del Festival del Cinema di Cannes, questa settimana SOTTO I RIFLETTORI non poteva che essere dedicato alla ben amata Carey Mulligan. La nostra attuale ragazza da copertina non ha passato ancora molto tempo sullo schermo anche se il suo vasto e tremendamente impressionante curriculum ci […]

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APRIL NEWSLETTER UPDATE

April is easily shaping up to be one of the nicest months Paris has seen, but that doesn’t mean we have come out of our post-festival depression just yet! The 2013 European Independent Film Festival was one of the most incredible events of the year and the entire ÉCU staff is more than grateful for […]

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ÉCU Sotto i riflettori: Audry Tautou

Cannes è proprio dietro l’angolo e in onore dell’imminente e strepitosa cerimonia d’apertura, questa settimana SPOTLIGHT non può essere che dedicato a Audrey Tautou! La bellezza classica non è estranea al Cannes Film Festival e anche stavolta farà da perfetta padrona di casa alle cerimonie di apertura e chiusura dell’edizione di quest’anno. L‘attrice di fama […]

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“Amour” Conquers All

The ultra-glamorous 65th Cannes Film Festival came to end Sunday evening. The chic red carpet awards ceremony was held amidst rain, thunder and lightening – an added dramatic effect maybe for some of the night’s surprise winners. After 12 days of screening over 100 films, both in competition and out, attendees and the world were […]

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3 Master Classes – Learn From the Best at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Believe it or not, the Cannes Film Festival offers plenty more than just awards. In fact, attendees of the Festival are welcome to participate in an incredible hands-on experience, and beside some of the film business’s very best. How spectacular would it be, getting the chance to work and learn from the some of the […]

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