Spotlight – Neill Blomkamp

Since South Africa is being on the spotlight lately, ÉCU’s Spotlight this week is dedicated to a South African artist of international acclaim. And the artist in question is director Neill Blomkamp. Maybe his name doesn’t sound familiar but his work might, Blomkamp is the artist responsible behind the hit film District 9 and the 2013 Elysium amongst other projects. […]

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Spotlight – Billy Wilder

The rise of Nazi Germany during the 1930’s cast down a threatening shadow over Europe as it continued to engulf a sea of innocent victims. Billy Wilder, then a successful writer, uprooted from his home in Berlin and retreated to Paris where he sought salvation from the German forces. It was here that the Jewish […]

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Spotlight – Jean Seberg

Jean Dorothy Seberg was found lifeless in the back of her Renault with one last message to the world. Scribbled on a piece of paper next to an empty bottle of barbiturates she wrote, “Forgive me. I can no longer live with my nerves.” The American actress turned civil rights activist died at the age […]

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Spotlight – Steve McQueen

With award season starting at the other side of the Atlantic there is a name that keeps coming up in the best director nominations and that name is Steve Mcqueen! We should clarify for the 60s and 70s movie lovers that we are not here to break the news of the resurrection of the ‘The […]

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Spotlight – Javier Badem

Maybe now you know Bardem as the go-to-guy in Hollywood for playing villains with crazy hair, however as most European actors he got his start in the independent cinema. His first big break came with Jamon Jamon by Bigas Luna in 1992. The art house Spanish director has given Bardem his first small role in […]

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Spotlight – Jim Jarmusch

If the Independent cinema were to give out titles of nobility then Jim Jarmusch would definitely be a prince and probably the next in line to be king. Since there is no such thing yet; he will have to settle with being considered as one of the most important American filmmakers of the independent cinema […]

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Spotlight – Woody Allen

This week’s spotlight focuses on the ever-tireless filmmaker Woody Allen and his latest film “Blue Jasmine”. The director once again proves that even after 60 years, you can still produce a very contemporary social satire. Woody Allen achieves this with his film being an intense analysis of the modern man’s psyche with a few laughs […]

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Spotlight – Dee Rees

This week’s Spotlight focuses on American, independent screenwriter and director, Dee Rees. Recognized by Filmmaker Magazine as one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2008, she has written and directed many short films. Her latest, “Pariah,” having played at over 40 film festivals including Sundance, won the Audience Award at the L.A. Film […]

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Spotlight – Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway was born on November 12, 1982 and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother Kathleen Hathaway, who is also an actress, led Anne into pursuing her own career. She first gained major popularity in 2004 when “The Princess Diaries” was premiered. After that she has played in many major films such as […]

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Spotlight – Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina Rachel Tsangari is a notable member of what-is-called the “Greek Weird Wave”, the new era of Greek cinema, along with Lanthimos, Avranas and many other Greek film directors. The international success of these filmmakers is what has gained attention to the Greek cinema once again. The 47 year old film director, writer and producer […]

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Spotlight – Sarah Polley

A canadense Sarah Polley e um triplo talento: atriz, diretora e ativista. Polley entrou no mundo do cinema atuando em series como “Ramona” e “Road to Avonlea”. A suas interpretações excepcional em “Straight UP” e no filme “The Sweet Hearafter” foram o que a trouxeram reconhecimento nos E.U.A.. Ela ganhou o premio ”Gemini Award for […]

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Spotlight – Mia Hansen-Løve

This week our spotlight focuses on Mia Hansen-Løve, a young but already acknowledged French filmmaker within the world of independent cinema. Mia is just 32 years old and is currently working on her fourth feature film called Eden that will be released next year. Director and screenwriter, Mia Hansen-Løve, started her career in 1998 as […]

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Spotlight – Gianfranco Rosi

This week we will be focusing on film director Gianfranco Rosi and his most recent achievement, prestigious Golden Lion award for the best film at the Venice Film Festival 2013 that he won with his documentary film Sacro GRA. An important fact to begin with is that the film was a first documentary to win […]

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SPOTLIGHT: THE EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT FILM CHANNEL (EUROFIC)

O Spotlight dessa semana esta dedicado…. a nos! Não,  não estamos sendo egocêntricos, mas realmente estamos muito entusiasmados em   introduzir o nosso novo projeto, EuroIFC, uma plataforma grátis e legal para assistir filmes. O canal vem dos mesmos criadores do festival ECU. Pode-se assistir filmes independentes do mundo todo incluindo muitos que normalmente não teriam […]

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Spotlight: Sylvain Chomet

No spotlight desta semana viramos a nossa atenção para o universo fascinante da animação e para um dos cineastas mais respeitados do mundo da animação: Sylvain Chomet. Sylvain Chomet nasceu em França em 1983 e passou a maior parte do tempo da sua infância a aperfeiçoar o seu estilo de desenho. Tendo seguido uma educação […]

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Spotlight: Manoel de Oliveira

Manoel Candido Pinto de Oliveira nasceu no dia 12 de Dezembro de 1908 no Porto, Portugal e é neste momento o realizador mais velho em acção. Apesar de quando era novo querer ser actor, eventualmente os seus sonhos mudaram e ele fez o seu primeiro filme, “Douro, Faina Fluvial” quando tinha 23 anos. Este foi […]

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Spotlight: Atiq Rahimi

O spotlight desta semana apresenta-nos Atiq Rahimi, um escritor e cineasta franco-afegão. Originalmente de Cabul, Rahimi foi forçado a deixar a sua terra natal aquando da invasão soviética e depois de um ano refugiado no Pquistão ele recebeu o asílio político em França, onde ele começou a sua carreira na televisão como um produtor comercial […]

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Spotlight: Ingrid Bergman

Esta semana o ÉCU decidiu voltar aos clássicos e dar destaque a uma das melhores atrizes de todos os tempos, a bela Ingrid Bergman. A Ingrid Bergman nasceu no dia 29 de Agosto de 1915 em Estocolmo numa famíla Sueca-Alemã. Ela teve uma infância difícil, a mãe morreu quando ela tinha três anos e o […]

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