January Newsletter update

ÉCU would like to welcome everyone to a cheerful and wonderful 2015! We hope you all had an amazing holiday and spent plenty of time with your family and friends. We look forward to everything this year has to offer. The staff is returning from the holidays happier, more relaxed and, unfortunately, fatter. After gobbling […]

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Spotlight – Paula van der Oest

Français In the ÉCU’s blog, we have already talked about several movies that were chosen by their country of origin as entries to the 87th Academy Awards under the category of ForeignLanguage Film. Just before the Christmas season the Academy shortlisted 9 movies from over 80 for the further competition. Among those Paweł Pawlikowski’s IDA, […]

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Spotlight- Arnaud Desplechin

Français For the ending of this year’s Christmas season we would like to draw your attention to another French director – Arnaud Desplechin and especially one of his latest movie A CHRISTMAS TALE. Arnaud Desplechin started his career as a filmmaker after graduating from University of Paris III:Sorbonne Nouvele in 1984 by creating several short […]

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ÉCU-in-São Paulo

Questo Gennaio ÉCU-on-the-Road tour si è fermato a São Paulo, in Brasile, per proiettare una selezione dei miglior film indipendenti delle passate edizioni di ÉCU. Dal 14 Gennaio al 4 Febbraio, proiezioni e workshops si svolgeranno al  Caixa Belas Artes. Noi siamo davvero contenti di portare questi film a São Paulo, una città così vibrante e piena di cultura. […]

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“Border Trafficking” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

“Border Trafficking” by Peter Rautek is a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ into European Dramatic Short. A woman in her mid twenties is trapped in a miserable existence as a sex worker in a small Czech village. Her inner conflict bubbles up to the surface when she decides to take her chance for a better […]

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Spotlight: Marius Ivaškevičius

Français Christmas holiday is inevitably approaching and while everybody is busy preparing for it, we though about presenting several directors, or more their particular movies, that might be an interesting replacement for a mainstream Christmas-like movies, that are watched over and over every year. As such, this week we would like to draw your attention […]

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“One Thousand & One Teardrops” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

“One Thousand & One Teardrops”, a film by Fateme Ahmadi is a a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ into Student Film category. A magic teardrop-keeper tells Louly the stories of seven women from Iran, who have been dealing with compulsory dress codes for two hundred years. Check out the trailer!

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December Newsletter Update

The Christmas decorations are up and we are getting into the festive spirit here at ÉCU! It’s a magical time of year where we can all enjoy plenty of hot wine, Christmas carols, delicious food and an abundance of fairy lights. New Years Eve is just around the corner as well, a time to reflect […]

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ÉCU-in-Berlin

Shortcutz Berlin e Creative Media e.V. presentano ÉCU-in-Berlin. Il 14 e il 15 Gennaio, ÉCU organizzerà il suo primo evento in Germania. Tutto questo avrà luogo al Lagari Bar, un posto entusiasmante nel cuore di Neukölln. Noi siamo entusiasti di poter proiettare questi film in una città così vibrante e culturale.Berlino è ritenuta una meta così desiderabile […]

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New submission to ÉCU 2015 – “Alekto” trailer

“Alekto” is a film by Thomas Kaufmann and one of our submissions in the category European Dramatic Short. It is a science fiction short film which invokes questions about conspiracy theories and the entire evolution of Man. An earthling is kidnapped into space, discovering parallel dimensions that she could have never imagined.

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New submission to ÉCU 2015 – “How I Lost My Best Friends” trailer

“How I Lost My Best Friends” is a film by Natalie Schwan and our new submission in the category Non-European Dramatic Short. Through nostalgic flashbacks triggered by a return to his hometown, 20-something Danny analyzes his most influential and important relationships as he tries to figure out how to move forward in his life.

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Spotlight: Richard Ayoade

Français Richard Ayoade is most famously known for his perpetually awkward but constantly amusing role as the computer technician Maurice Moss in THE IT CROWD. He is one of the most deferential and self-deprecating men in the entertainment industry who has directed two spectacular films. They differ significantly in tone, but are equally captivating. He […]

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New submission to ÉCU 2015 – “Hacker’s Game” trailer

“Hacker’s Game” by Cyril Morin is a new submission in the category European Dramatic Feature and it is the story of two hackers, Soyan and Loise, who embark upon an intense but dangerous romance, playing an elaborate game of deception. After being in a virtual world, will Soyan and Loise risk everything for true love?

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“Beyond The Line” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

Beyond The Line is a film in the category Student Film, directed by Emilio Gamal Boutros. After nine months on strike, a Welsh miner goes back to work to provide for his family, becoming a traitor to his brother and his community.

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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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“127” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

In the category Dramatic Short, “127” by Christopher Peters is the story of a young man trapped between his vicious, cult like gang, the police and his childhood priest.

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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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