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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Spotlight: Zoe Kazan

Français Zoe Kazan is one of those actresses who has been slowly building up her resume with impressive performances and gradually gaining momentum in terms of public recognition. A California native who happens to be the daughter of two Oscar-nominated screenwriters, Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord as well as the granddaughter of famed director Elia […]

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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: 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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Spotlight: Lotfy Nathan

Français Lotfy Nathan is a young first time director who caught our attention with his bold documentary debut. Nathan, born in England to Egyptian parents, spent most of his childhood in the suburbs of Boston then moved to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art. He was majoring in painting when he decided […]

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Spotlight: Pawel Pawlikowski

Français “My films are always a reflection of where I am in my life” – says Polish film director Pawel Pawlikowski, for whom “being a filmmaker is a nightmare. It’s sort of blood, sweat and tears” and who actually never went to a film school to become a filmmaker. It just sort of happened. As […]

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Spotlight: Ignas Jonynas

Français Ignas Jonynas is Lithuanian director who just released his first full-length film, THE GAMBLER. Before that Jonynas worked in the theatre for almost 10 years, had several shows in the radio, created couple of short films (SUNDAY AS IT IS and DANCING WORM) and was part of the first generation of Lithuania’s advertisers, thus […]

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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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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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Spotlight: Roberto Minervini

Français Roberto Minervini is a director who breaks the rules, a late starter, not an Italian on the run but on the go. Originally from Marche, a small Italian region, he graduated in economics and started working as a business consultant. After losing his job because of the tragedy of the 11th September 2001, he […]

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Spotlight: Lav Diaz

Français Lav Diaz is one of the innovators of the contemporary cinema: he is not only one of the vanguards of Philippine cinema, that is in an extraordinary and constant evolution during last years, but above all one of the entire international film scenery. The independent filmmaker is established and acclaimed in the most important […]

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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: Céline Sciamma

Français This week’s spotlight is dedicated to Céline Sciamma, one of the best French female film directors of the last years. Céline fell in love with cinema when she was a teenager and started going to her town’s arthouse theatre three times a week, where she got an interested in reading film scripts and biographies […]

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Spotlight: Wim Wenders

Français Wim Wenders is known as a unique contemporary film auteur, who “has shaped our living memory of cinema”, says Dieter Kosslick, the Director of the Berlin International Film Festival. In February 2015 the Oscar-nominated filmmaker will be awarded the Honorary Golden Bear Award for his lifetime achievements. Current president of European Film Academy, Wenders […]

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Spotlight: Robert Rodríguez

Director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, composer and musician – a 360 degrees artist made in Texas, USA. This week ÉCU is focusing on a big master of pulp filmmaking tradition, a b-movie lover, a creative man that still inspires the whole indie film world: Robert Rodríguez. He was rejected by film schools but his passion […]

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Spotlight: Léa Seydoux

In her childhood she had wanted to become an opera singer but gave up that dream because of her timid nature. At the age of 18 she became interested in acting and not only did she manage to overcome her shyness, in only 10 years she managed to play some of the most provocative film […]

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Spotlight: Robin Williams

On Monday, August 11th 2014, the planet of cinema stopped as the death of Robin Williams was announced. The American actor’s passing triggered a surge of homages. At ÉCU, we would like to salute him by dedicating our this week’s spotlight to this great man. Massive homages have been made to the actor Robin Williams […]

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