Spotlight – Yorgos Lanthimos

Français Our next spotlight filmmaker understands the value of quality over quantity. With only a handful of films under his belt yet dozens of awards and critical acclaim, Yorgos Lanthimos is one of the most talented filmmakers hailing from Greece. Lanthimos’ experience in directing began in the 90s when he directed a series of videos […]

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Spotlight – Samira Makhmalbaf

Français In honour of International Women’s Day, which was this past Sunday, we want to commemorate one awesome and groundbreaking female director, Samira Makhmalbaf. Although she is the daughter of the acclaimed film director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, she has quickly made a name for herself, ultimately becoming one of the most influential directors of the Iranian […]

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Spotlight – Abderrahmane Sissako

Français For this week’s spotlight, we’ll be taking a look at Abderrahmane Sissako. This “indie”-vidual’s name is a little bit of a tongue twister, but be sure not to forget it because he is currently one of the most prominent African filmmakers of our time. Sissako was born in Mauritania but moved to Mali as […]

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Spotlight – Thomas Vinterberg

Français This year’s Academy Awards took place last Sunday, and we can’t help but feel proud of all the indie filmmakers who were honoured that night. Here at ÉCU, we want to shine a light on another filmmaker with a spotlight instalment on the Danish director, Thomas Vinterberg. Vinterberg’s career started with the short film, […]

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Spotlight – Fernando Eimbcke

Français Grab your sombrero and margarita because for this week’s spotlight, we’ll be looking at director, Fernando Eimbcke. Eimbcke originally wanted to study photography, but after working with famous cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, he decided to switch to film. After being rejected by the University Center for Film Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, […]

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Spotlight – Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Français No one has as much love for making films than our next spotlight “indie”-vidual, Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul. With over fifty shorts and feature films under his belt, but only twenty-two years in the industry, he is definitely one of the most ambitious filmmakers of our time. This native Thai director’s first attempt at filmmaking […]

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Spotlight – Alice Rohrwacher

Français This weeks spotlight focuses on a – despite her last name – young Italian writer and director, whose latest film will open in French theatres next week. LE MERAVIGLIE (The wonders / Les marvelleis) is not new to the French public. Last year, Rohrwacher was the first Italian woman to win a Cannes Grand […]

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Spotlight – Ava DuVernay

Français Awards season is in full swing and all of Hollywood is abuzz with their predictions for who will win. Today, we’ll be taking a look at someone who has been receiving a lot of praise for her indie work this year: Ava DuVernay. You may know her for directing and co-writing SELMA (2014), but […]

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Spotlight – Deepa Mehta

Français For our next Spotlight feature, we’re headed to the Great White North. It’s time to take a closer look at Toronto-based director and screenwriter, Deepa Mehta. Mehta was born in Amritsar, India but moved to New Delhi as a young girl. After meeting documentarian Paul Saltzman while he was filming a movie in India, […]

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Spotlight – Bernardo Bertolucci

Français This week we want to draw your attention to an Italian film director and screenwriter, Bernardo Bertolucci. He is famous for several films such as THE CONFORMIST, LAST TANGO IN PARIS, 1900,THE LAST EMPEROR, THE SHELTERING SKY AND THE DREAMERS. He was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. His father was a poet, art […]

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Spotlight – Paula van der Oest

Français In the ÉCU’s blog, we have already talked about several movies that were chosen by their country of origin as entries to the 87th Academy Awards under the category of ForeignLanguage Film. Just before the Christmas season the Academy shortlisted 9 movies from over 80 for the further competition. Among those Paweł Pawlikowski’s IDA, […]

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Spotlight- Arnaud Desplechin

Français For the ending of this year’s Christmas season we would like to draw your attention to another French director – Arnaud Desplechin and especially one of his latest movie A CHRISTMAS TALE. Arnaud Desplechin started his career as a filmmaker after graduating from University of Paris III:Sorbonne Nouvele in 1984 by creating several short […]

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Spotlight – Christian Carion

Français Continuing on the movies with Christmas spirit, we would like to draw your attention to a French movie director Christian Carion and his movie JOYEUX NOËL. Christian grew up in a farm in northern France, not far from the places where the former front during World War I was set, as such, he recalls […]

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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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