The Way of Tea by Marc Fouchard

 Français Just as the dust is settling from the devastating explosions in Paris last November, we are bitterly reminded once again of the continued global struggle against terror and violence.  Our headlines scream now-familiar phrases like, ‘terrorist attacks,’ ‘many dead,’ and ‘explosions,’ as Brussels faces a fresh wave of terrorism.  These graphic terms are then […]

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Opening Night reviews

ÉCU 2016 Opening Night Film Reviews BOX by Mathias Askeland (Norway) Watch two people show you the complacency that settles with long-term relationships in five minutes. The shelf life of their romance has expired and comfort has lodged between them like a thorn to the side, when thorns come in the form of passive-aggressive accusations of relationship […]

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Launch Party Activities

ÉCU 2016 LAUNCH PARTY ACTIVITIES Here’s the program for the soirée: – 08:15 p.m. : Presentation of the festival – 08:35 p.m. : MILKY WAY – 09:30 p.m. : Festival’s President and manager speeches and introduction of the filmmakers – 09:45 p.m. : THE SANDCHERRIES – 10:40 p.m. : TARA WHO? – 11:30 p.m. : […]

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ÉCU 2016 Workshops

WORKSHOP #1 Trends in financing and budgeting Independent films and International Sales Where: Les 7 Parnassiens (Grande Salle) When: Saturday, April 9th // 10:30 – 11:30 The topic of this workshop is sourcing finance for English-language independent films, dealing with sales agents, and selling independent films on the international markets. Gareth Jones is an industry […]

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ÉCU 2016 Launch Party

The 11th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival will be taking place this year on April 8th-10th but before the actual festival, we invited you all to our LAUNCH PARTY to get a taste of what this year’s amazing selection has to offer! It was a night to celebrate film, music and […]

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Room

Français Books make for good film fodder – there’s a dramatic story readily available to tell with its sales numbers a calculated forecast of its anticipated success. Lenny Abrahamson’s Room has certainly captured this spirit with the eponymous book by Emma Donoghue. While the story of kidnap and captivity in a small room for years […]

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Steve Jobs

Français Steve Jobs. The name is praised for limitless inspirational tenacity on one end, and serves as a grumbling pejorative on the other. To portray his psyche without imploding, one would need an accurate set of facts, and – perhaps more importantly – an intelligent understanding of difficult people. Director Danny Boyle teamed up with […]

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SPOTLIGHT – DOMHNALL GLEESON

Français If you have seen even only a few of the acclaimed films of 2015, the chances are that you have seen him. A hint: he is a ginger. Yes, we are talking about none other than the Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson. It was a very productive year for him. For starters, Gleeson starred in a brilliant sci- fi thriller […]

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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN FEBRUARY

Français  ART Simon Evans, “Not not knocking on heaven’s door”- Palais de Tokyo, Until 16th May An exhibition of the duo self-taught artist Simon Evans, a professional skateboarder born in London, who works with Sarah Lanna (an American illustrator). Curated by Rebecca Lamarche – Vadel, the exhibition shows thirty artistic pieces in order to represent […]

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ÉCU THROWBACK REVIEW – BOYHOOD

Français Before trilogy director Richard Linklater brought pillow talk back with a healthy dose of nostalgia and the feels in Boyhood. The film’s intrigue factor is its long running cast and filming, famously spanning its storyline over twelve years and using the same actors in their aging element. But this happens to be the cherry on top of a […]

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SPOTLIGHT – VALERIA BRUNI TEDESCHI

Français If it wasn’t for her last name, and, maybe, the elegant, irresistible smile, would you be able to tell that actress, director and screenwriter Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was the sister of Nicholas Sarkozy’s première dame and top model Carla? I bet at least more than half of you wouldn’t. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was born […]

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ÉCU January Updates

Français January always means new beginning, the feeling of having another chance and loads of good intentions. Refreshed after the holidays, we got back on track really fast, as The European Independent Film Festival is just around the corner. Submissions to ÉCU closed on January 17th, setting the road to the last month before the announcement of […]

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ÉCU – IN – LANDSBERG

Français This week, ÉCU is excited to fly to Germany to attend Snowdance Film Festival. Two years ago Europe saw the birth of this new, independent film festival which has his headquarters in Landsberg am Lech in Bavaria, Germany. Its aim, from the beginning, is to support brave, independent films that received little or no […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MARTIN SCORSESE

Français Nobody can personify better than Martin Scorsese the realization of the American dream. Born in Queens, he grew up in a poor family watching neorealist movies with his grandparents (native of Italy) and going to the cinema with his dad (the director often says that those were his favourite moments and the only ones […]

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SPOTLIGHT – HOU HSIAO HSIEN

Français At the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, Hou Hsiao-hsien won his first Award director for “The Assassin.” After being nominated six times to Cannes, this award comes late for him. At 68 years old, Hou Hsiao-hsien is one of the most important Asian filmmakers of this generation. Hou Hsiao-hsien began his film career in 1973. […]

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ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

Français The winner of this year’s Sundance Film Festival is one of those films able to start a new trend in independent cinema, attracting the aura of the little cult movie around him and inspiring the birth of similar works. Me and Earl and The Dying Girl is he himself the fruit of a trend. […]

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SPOTLIGHT – JONATHAN LEVINE

Français What is happy, sad, and weird at the same time? Above all things, life. And with these things comes director Jonathan Levine, who can tackle multi-dimensional layers and churn them with a gooey center of complexities when he tries. A native New Yorker, Levine honed his faceted style in agreement with a Jewish upper-middle […]

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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN JANUARY

Français  Art Anselm Kiefer – Centre Pompidou, Until 18th April Born in 1945 in a little town in Bade-Wurtemburg, Anselm Kiefer is a child of post-war Germany, indelibly marked by his country’s defeat and national silence on the legacy of Nazism. From these beginnings grew an artistic obsession with the framing of historical events in […]

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