Spotlight: Guillaume Canet

Guillaume Canet’s sensational, highly diverse acting career has garnered him a reputation rendering him a household name in his native France, as well earning him significant recognition internationally. The celebrated film figure has also thrived in forging the notoriously tricky transition from acting to directing, a delicate evolution that takes as much brazen pluck as it does sensitive astuteness. Indeed, […]

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Movie Review Throwbacks: Requiem for a Dream

  American heavyweight filmmaker Darren Aronofsky’s surrealist, provocative and disquieting cinematic style has garnered him a highly subversive status throughout the length of his career for the agonizingly violent, austerely sombre and penetratingly frank portrayals of his subject matter imbued at the core of human life. A deep entanglement of lost happiness, distant love, tortured pain and a yearning for fame […]

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Spotlight: Cédric Kahn

  French filmmaker, screenwriter and actor Cédric Kahn made his initial foray into the world of cinema at the age of twenty-one working alongside renowned editor and actor Yann Dedet, on the set of Maurice Pialat’s 1987 ominously arcane drama Under the Sun of Satan. Since then, the acclaimed helmer has written and directed a […]

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Spotlight: Matthew Heineman

  Matthew Heineman has gained a reputation for his eye-opening documentaries, and City of Ghosts is no exception. His latest work takes a look at local journalists who put their lives on the line to cover ISIS atrocities in the besieged city of Raqqa. Heineman says that his inspiration for the documentary first came from […]

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Meet ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival’s Newest Interns!

Lately, many fresh faces can be found around ÉCU’s headquarters. Coming from all over the world, our newest interns are all film-loving, creative individuals. Read through some brief Q&A’s with the latest editions to our staff so you can get to know who’s behind the preparation of ÉCU 2017: Meet: Nina, 22, Paris Q: What […]

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Movie Review: Hidden Figures

  Those who thought directors couldn’t make a sassy film about a serious subject didn’t see Hidden Figures coming. Certain directors might have taken a graver tone as they followed the story of the three African American women – Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn – whose vital contributions to NASA made it possible to complete […]

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Spotlight: Cate Blanchett

In a review of Cate Blanchett’s latest film, Manifesto (2016), The Huffington Post couldn’t have opened with a better quip: “What do a TV anchor, a factory worker, a homeless man, a scientist and a punk all have in common? They’re all Cate Blanchett.” Julian Rosefeldt’s experimental work has Blanchett play 13 roles across different social classes, […]

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What to do in Paris in February

    The xx – 14 February – Le Zénith The London-born electro pop trio have captivated audiences for over a decade with their dreamy beats, energetic chords and delicately haunting voices – from their Mercury Prize-winning debut record as ingénue performers, featuring the roaringly popular “Crystalised”, to their follow-up release, Coexist, celebrating the synthesizer-dubbed […]

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We kicked off the new year with a very busy month ! We celebrated the arrival of the delicious galette de rois cake with one (or a few) at the office and officially closed our film submissions entries for ÉCU 2017. First, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who submitted […]

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Born in London, England, Lucy Walker is an Emmy-award winning film director who consistently delivers emotionally compelling nonfiction. She has a distinct talent to enable her subjects’ stories to deeply connect with her audiences. Walker is best known for directing the documentaries Devil’s Playground (2002), Blindsight (2006), Waste Land (2010), Countdown to Zero (2010), and The Crash Reel (2002). She is a member of The […]

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Movie Review: The Edge of Seventeen

  California-born filmmaker and screenwriter Kelly Fremon Craig’s directorial debut, The Edge of Seventeen (2016), a portrait of the familiar struggles of youth for 17-year old Nadine Franklin (Hailee Steinfield), initially risks falling into the well-weathered genre of Hollywood’s pseudo-existential teenage dramas following a profoundly confused and angst-ridden protagonist’s journey from pubescence to maturity. Yet, […]

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  When Barry Jenkins presented a PowerPoint to a group of producers outlining his vision for Moonlight (2016), the final slide said the following: “Moonlight is a story that hasn’t been told. Whether placed as queer black cinema or urban male cinema, the lack of coming-of-age films featuring people like Chiron and set in places […]

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Exhibition Review: MMM – Matthieu Chedid rencontre Martin Parr

    The 19th arrondissement’s renowned music-dedicated cultural institute the Philarmonie de Paris is hosting French rock singer Matthieu Chedid and British photographer Martin Parr’s sensorially immersive collaboration. A singularly unique exhibition bringing together two artistic crafts – music and cinematography – that are wholly pervasive in popular culture yet rarely directly combined, it offers […]

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Movie Throwbacks : ÉCU 2016 Official Selection Success Stories

  Here at ÉCU, as the 2017 edition of our annual festival event swiftly approaches, we are on the final stretches of our search for the best talent in independent filmmaking to compete for the thrilling opportunity to have their films recognized as part of our ÉCU 2017 Official Selection. This year’s jam-packed festival program […]

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Spotlight: Alejandro Jodorowsky

  French-Chilean filmmaker, screenwriter and author Alejandro Jodorowsky’s avant-garde films brim with a mélange of divine, supernatural and dreamlike imagery that have amassed the acclaimed auteur an admirable cult-following throughout his five-decade long cinematic career, undoubtedly bolstered by his strikingly determined commitment to the exploration of the boundaries between reality and the supernatural. Born in […]

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  Threaded through a series of venues beneath Waterloo, ÉCU-partner Vault festival, promises something to look forward to in the greyness of January. The Vault Film festival is going from strength to strength as it enters its second year, bringing with it 20 incredible film screenings. Showing a range of both shorts and features from […]

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Movie Review: Love

In Gaspar Noé’s Franco-Belgium 3D erotic drama, Love (2015), the film’s young cinema student protagonist, Murphy, declares, “I want to make movies out of blood, sperm and tears. This is like the essence of life. I think movies should contain that, perhaps should be made of that.” This sentiment forms the essence of Noé’s brazen, […]

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  If Hollywood had to nominate a Renaissance man, Viggo Mortensen would be at the top of the list. The versatile Danish-American actor is also a poet, a painter, a photographer, a musician, and a fluent speaker of five languages. He’s had his photography featured in expositions around the world, released over a dozen spoken […]

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