SPOTLIGHT: HOUDA BENYAMINA

  Houda Benyamina is a French writer/director/actress/all-around amazing woman. She was born into a Moroccan family, in Viry-Châtillon in 1980. She remembers her  childhood fondly, recalling her middle school experience as the “best years of her life.” She credits her neighborhood for “sharpening her tongue.” It was then and there, in the southern suburbs of Paris, […]

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SPOTLIGHT – Lone Scherfig

  Ce qui fait Lone Scherfig si spéciale est sa manière de réaliser des films romantiques, drôles, et qui font de vous des spectateurs plongés dans la compassion des autres. Elle montre une certaine vulnérabilité au sein de ses personnages et nous pousse à les observer et à ressentir la même chose. Elle a été inspirée […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: GOOD TIME

  Since Nightcrawler, no film has better distilled American malaise better than the Safdie brothers’ ironically-named Good Time (2017). The film stars Robert Pattinson in a breakout role as Connie Nikas, an on-the-lam criminal in New York City trying to bail his mentally disabled brother Nick out of jail following a failed bank heist. As […]

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CRITIQUE DU FILM: MOTHER!

  Il suffit de lire les critiques de “Mother!” pour constater que les avis ont été très partagés. D’un côté, ce film a été applaudi (voir l’article de Peter Bradshaw) et de l’autre, on l’a qualifié de “ plus mauvais film de l’année, voire du siècle” (Rex Reed, Observer). Je ne prétends pas être une […]

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ÉCU On-The-Road takes on Prague!

  ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is heading to Prague to share some of the World’s best independent films from upcoming talents with our Czech friends. ÉCU On-The-Road’s debut in Prague will take place on the 12th of October 2017 and is hosted by the prestigious Prague Film School, which is one of […]

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ÉCU On-The-Road prend route à Prague!

  ÉCU – Le Festival de Film Européen Indépendant atterrit à Prague afin de partager quelques-uns de ses meilleurs films indépendants du monde crées par les nouveaux talents, avec nos amis Tchèques. Le début de ÉCU On-The-Road aura lieu à Prague, le 12 Octobre 2017 et sera parrainé par la prestigieuse École de Film de […]

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ÉCU GOES TO AARHUS!

  ÉCU-ON-THE-ROAD IS HEADING TO ÅRHUS – THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2017 ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival will be screening a selection of the World’s best independent short films at Super8000 Film Festival on the 27th October 2017 in Århus, Denmark. The Super8000 festival and The European Independent Film Festival’s – Special Selection screening […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: INGRID GOES WEST

  Similar to the dystopian television series Black Mirror (Charlie Brooker), Ingrid Goes West (Matt Spicer, 2017) is a sardonic take on millennials’ obsession with social media. Its protagonist Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is an Instagram fanatic who feeds on illusions of closeness with the online glamor queens she follows. Feeling spurned when she is […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Pilou Asbæk

  Pilou Asbæk is known for his amazingly convincing performances in Danish cinema and recently his work has appeared on the international screen. As a foreign actor of a small nation, Asbæk has had to leave the traditional mindset of Nordic countries, known as “Jantelov” behind him to embrace his own success and receive recognition […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Laetitia Dosch

  New to fame, and not yet well enough known, Lætitia Dosch has peaked our interest. Her biographies are short and sweet and the details of her life remain much a mystery. Despite the lack of information, there is clearly no lack in interest in this up and coming actress. In July 2017, during Champs-Elysées […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Laetitia Dosch

  Nouveau à la renommée, mais pas encore assez connu, Lætitia Dosch a atteint notre intérêt. Ses biographies sont courtes et les détails de sa vie restent un mystère. Malgré le manque d’information, il n’y a manifestement aucun manque d’intérêt pour cette actrice à venir. En juillet 2017, lors du Festival du film des Champs-Elysées, […]

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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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Spotlight: Catherine Breillat

Catherine Breillat n’est pas seulement un écrivain best-seller, un professeur de cinéma d’auteur et une actrice mettant en vedette dans un drame de Bertolucci – elle est également l’un des plus influents directeurs de l’ère moderne en France, avec une œuvre de près d’une vingtaine de films. Pendant plus de quarante ans, les drames viscéralement […]

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Un accent sur un prix d’ÉCU: L’excellence du cinéma arabe

  ÉCU – Le festival européen du film indépendant – à toujours été un grand promoteur de la découverte et la célébration du cinéma indépendant non seulement européen mais mondial. Tout au long des 12 années que nous avons maintenant existé dans le monde du cinéma indépendant, nous avons été constamment impressionnés par le calibre, […]

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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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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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