ÉCU Official Selection 2018

  The 13th edition of ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival will showcase 81 films from 37 countries on May 4th, 5th, 6th 2018 in Paris, France. European Dramatic Feature  European Dramatic Short European Documentary Non-European Dramatic Feature Non-European Dramatic Short Non-European Documentary Student Film Arab Special Selection European Music Video European Comedy Film Experimental Film […]

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ÉCU s’associe avec Arab Cinema Center!

  Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer que Le Prix Ahmed Khedr pour l’Excellence dans la Réalisation de Films Arabes sera désormais présenté en collaboration avec le Centre du Cinéma Arabe (ACC – Arab Cinema Center). On a décidé de créer cette catégorie en 2013 car nous avons été étonnés par le niveau des films participants issus […]

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Spotlight: Timothée Chalamet

The phrase “breakout year” and the name Timothée go together like peaches and cream. All it took was one year or us all to come to know (and love) him. Released toward the end of 2017, the film “Ladybird” struck a chord with many audiences, but specifically Chalamet’s performance, short yet significant (he plays the […]

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Movie Review: Phantom Thread

In Paul Thomas Anderson’s gothically-titled Phantom Thread, Daniel Day-Lewis plays a man as famously exacting as himself: a renowned dressmaker in ’50s London named Reynolds Woodcock. The actor’s approach to his work finds its supreme outlet in the meticulous couturier, whose methods are likewise torturous even as they guarantee his exquisite creations. Anderson’s film dissects Woodcock’s creative genius with Hitchcockian coldness, […]

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Movie Review: Polisse

When I watched “Polisse” a few years ago, it took me a long time to get it out of my head. The story centres on a group of French police officers working in a child protection unit and shows how their work affects them psychologically. Admittedly, the film’s content is very hard-hitting, but if you think you can stomach […]

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Movie Review: On the Beach At Night Alone

  Art and life have overlapped in the cinema many a time, but rarely do they achieve the proximity one finds in Hong Sang-soo’s latest work On the Beach at Night Alone. In response to the obsessive media coverage in South Korea of his affair with actress Kim Min-hee, Hong has crafted a film-confession in […]

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SPOTLIGHT: JORDAN PEELE

  2017 was a major year for Jordan Peele. He transitioned from side-splitting comedy on the stage and the small screen, to social horror that has kept the hairs on the backs of audience’s necks firmly at-attention. In the process of it all, he has inspired countless young, burgeoning and aspiring entertainers and filmmakers. But […]

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WHAT TO DO IN JANUARY

  Happy New Year! If you’re ringing in the new year in Paris, or simply looking for something fresh, fun and filmic to do in the City of Lights, let this list guide you through the first month of 2018!  The Grande Parade on the Champs-Elysées   On January 1, there will be a Grande Parade […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: PERSONAL SHOPPER

  “Uncategorizable” is how the Guardian referred to ‘Personal Shopper’ after awarding it five stars. Time magazine also praised it for being a “strange and beautifully made film.” French film director Olivier Assayas won Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The official premiere there was received by an almost five minutes […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE SQUARE

The Square is the latest masterpiece from Ruben Östlund, director of Force Majeure (2014). Winning a Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2017 – one of the most prestigious prizes in film, grabbed the attention of international audiences and earned the film Sweden’s nomination for the Oscars. Östlund’s film is a reflection of our times through […]

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SPOTLIGHT: RICHARD KELLY

  Bien que le nom ne vous rappelle peut-être pas quelque chose, Richard Kelly est célèbre pour avoir écrit et réalisé le film culte, Donnie Darko. Ce fut son premier long métrage, et reçut 11 prix sur 23 nominations. Cependant, la popularité du film est intéressante puisque le film ne reçut pas d’énormes éloges à […]

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CRITIQUE DU FILM: SING STREET

  Sing Street raconte l’histoire de Conor, qui décide de former un groupe de musique pour attirer le regard d’une fille nommée Raphina qu’il a rencontré dans la rue. C’est le troisième film musical indépendant depuis Once & Begin Again. La bande originale a été compose par Gary Clark, le leader du groupe Danny Wilson, […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: SING STREET

  Sing street tells the story of a teenager called Conor who sets up a band in order to attract a beautiful girl named Raphina that he met on the street. This is John Carney’s third independent musical film since Once & Begin Again. The soundtrack was composed by Danny Wilson frontman Gary Clark, and […]

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SPOTLIGHT: PAUL DANO

  Le spotlight de cette semaine est dédié à Paul Dano, le chouchou des films indépendants. Né en 1984 à New York, il a commencé à être comédien il y a 23 ans, en jouant dans une pléthore des milieux et en dépictant un large spectre des personnages. Mais quelque chose reste constant parmi ses […]

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SPOTLIGHT: PAUL DANO

  This week’s spotlight is dedicated to indie film darling Paul Dano. Born in 1984 in New York City, he’s been an actor for over two thirds of his life, across a plethora of mediums, depicting a wide spectrum of characters. But one thing remains constant across his dozens of roles: passion. Dano got his […]

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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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CRITIQUE DU FILM: THE KILLING OF A SECRET DEER

  Plein d’énigmes, le nouveau film de Yorgos Lanthimos nous laisse à la fin avec une question très simple : Pourquoi, de tous les titres, Lanthimos a choisi-t-il « The Killing of a Sacred Deer » ? Cela ne semble pas très pertinent quand on regarde le film, mais en fait, c’est au cœur de sa logique cauchemardesque. Lanthimos […]

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SPOTLIGHT: JIA ZHANGKE

    Jia Zangke est un réalisateur important dans l’industrie de films indépendants Chinois, dont les films ont reçu des louanges et ont été reconnu mondialement. Dans ses films, Jia a tendance à se concentrer sur l’humanité et à raconter des histoires dans un style documentaire plutôt qu’utiliser le réalisme magique. Ses films traitent sur […]

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