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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What to do in Paris in June

Français So the summer has started, it’s the time of ice cream, outdoor festivals, picnics in the park and…rain? Yeah, it’s miserable here in Paris but that doesn’t mean that you have to be miserable too.  There’s plenty to do in Paris, and even if events are a bit muddy, you can have a great […]

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Women in Filmmaking

For the second consecutive year we will be presenting an award close to our heart, The Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking Award, which will go to one of the 18 female film directors that will be competing at ÉCU this year. Unfortunately, the film industry consistently fails to address its gender bias, so we push to […]

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ÉCU SEPTEMBER UPDATES

Français  September is coming to an end and here at ÉCU we’ve been extremely busy getting back into the swing of things. While our summer interns may have gone off back to their studies, off to live with monks or eskimos or have just gone off to pursue the usual other things that humans do, a […]

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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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New submission to ÉCU 2015 – “Hacker’s Game” trailer

“Hacker’s Game” by Cyril Morin is a new submission in the category European Dramatic Feature and it is the story of two hackers, Soyan and Loise, who embark upon an intense but dangerous romance, playing an elaborate game of deception. After being in a virtual world, will Soyan and Loise risk everything for true love?

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“127” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

In the category Dramatic Short, “127” by Christopher Peters is the story of a young man trapped between his vicious, cult like gang, the police and his childhood priest.

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New submission to ÉCU 2015 – “Cecilia’s House” trailer

“Cecilia’s House” by Clarissa Appelt is a new submission to ÉCU in the category Student Film. Cecilia is fourteen years old and home alone for two weeks. After mixed days of solitude and joy, Lorena, a mysterious companion, shows up in the house. After her new friend’s arrival, the house starts getting gradually emptier and […]

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New submission for ÉCU 2015 – D.I.Y.!

A new submission for ÉCU 2015 in the European Dramatic Short category! Check out “D.I.Y.” , directed by Josh Trigg and Mitch Kalisa! Une nouvelle soumission pour ÉCU 2015 dans le catégorie du court-métrage dramatique européen ! Regardez “D.I.Y.”, réalisé par Josh Trigg et Mitch Kalisa!

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Spotlight: Saoirse Ronan

One of the youngest actresses to ever receive nominations for an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe, Saoirse Ronan has already had an extraordinarily impressive career at the tender age of twenty years old. Ronan, with an acting style described as both eccentric and intense, came to international eminence in 2007 with Joe Wright’s film […]

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Spotlight: Robert Pattinson

It may seem like a strange choice to spotlight an actor who reached worldwide superstardom by driving teen girls wild in the TWILIGHT films, at once one of the most popular and most reviled series in contemporary big-budget Hollywood. What could Robert Pattinson possibly have to do with the spirit of independent cinema? As it […]

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Spotlight – The Great Beauty

Français This year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film marks the record breaking 11th win for Italy in the category. Paolo Sorrentino‘s “The Great Beauty” follows on the footsteps of his great film predecessor and source of inspiration Frederico Fellini. The director follows his protagonist around Rome, which at times is enchanting, at times […]

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New Submission – ONUS

A boy wakes up below a cliff, covered with blood, with a gun in his hand, and chained to a man who lies beside him.. “ONUS” a feature film from the UK is a new submission to ÉCU 2014. Watch its trailer!

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New Submission – “Stable Life”

An immigrant family struggles for survival in the hardscrabble world of horse racing. Watch the trailer of “Stable Life”, a new submission to ÉCU 2014 Une famille d’immigrants lutte pour sa survie dans le monde ingrat de la course de chevaux. Regardez la bande annoncer de “Stable Life”, une nouvelle inscription à ÉCU 2014.  

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New Submission – Crossing

This Student Film by French-American director Michael Pontvert, tells the story of a French soldier during WWI who suffers from amnesia. With the help of a fisherman he encounters on the riverside, this lost and confused soldier learns the faceted truths about his life. //Ce film du réalisateur français-américain Michael Pontvert, raconte l’histoire d’un soldat […]

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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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December Newsletter Update

Despite these winter winds, things are heating up at the ÉCU office this month as we get ready for next year’s festival season. But we’re not the only ones anticipating the festival next spring. One of the greatest joys of being a part of the ÉCU team is receiving indie flicks from filmmakers worldwide. These […]

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New Submission – Derniers Recours

What lengths would you go to get what you want? Experience this undying battle between morale and temptation during this Dramatic Short about one man’s desperate search for citizenship in the submission trailer for ÉCU 2014 by Algerian director Mahi Bena. //Que feriez-vous pour obtenir ce que vous voulez? Suivre cette lutte entre le moral […]

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