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: THE KILLING OF A SECRET DEER

  Though shrouded in enigmas, Yorgos Lanthimos’ disturbing new film leaves a simple question lingering in the mind: Why, of all things, is it called “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”? Seemingly irrelevant as one watches the film unfold, the darkly allusive title is, in fact, at the very heart of the drama’s uncanny logic. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: LIGHTS OUT

  What do you do if you have a strong idea for a short film but no funding to make it? You make it yourself at home, in your flat, with your wife. This is what David F. Sandberg did anyway. The concept of his story is very simple: Lotta Lotsen (the film director’s wife) switches […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE FLORIDA PROJECT

  The emotional power of Sean Baker’s new film The Florida Project is that it wins your heart so completely before it breaks it. Its 7-year-old star Brooklynn Prince plays Moonee, an irresistible ball of energy living with her ex-stripper mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) in a rundown motel called The Magic Castle on the outskirts […]

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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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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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CRITIQUE DU FILM: INGRID GOES WEST

  Juste comme la série TV Black Mirror de Charlie Brooker, Ingrid Goes West (Matt Spicer, 2017) est un portrait sardonique de l’obsession actuelle par des réseaux sociaux. Son protagoniste, Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) est une fanatique de Instagram qui se nourrit d’illusions d’amitié avec des femmes glamour qu’elle suit. Pleine de ressentiment quand elle […]

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Movie Review: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

  The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is an American film directed by John Cassavetes from 1976. As a crime film, this one stands out from its genre. The director focuses on each character and defines the individuals in a sentimental way that highlights the soft spot inside of each of them. We dive directly […]

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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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Critique de film: Wind River

Wind River est un des rares films à s’occuper du problème de violence sexuel sur des réserves indiennes et de l’indifférence du gouvernement fédéral. Le film, qui s’axe sur le viol et la disparition d’une jeune amérindienne Natalie (Kelsey Chow) sur le réserve de Wind River, symbolise une plus grande épidémie qui a poussé le […]

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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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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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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: Before I Fall

New York-born filmmaker Ry Russo-Young’s first directorial project in 5 years – after her 2012 family drama, Nobody Walks, co-written by Lena Dunham and starring John Krasinski – the teenage mystery drama Before I Fall (2017), asks the viewer: What If Today Was the Only Day of the Rest of Your Life? The rhetorical question […]

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