Spotlight: Hirokazu Koreeda

  Since the conception of the the transformative medium, an abundance of film directors have undertaken the lofty goal of exploring the fundamental human problem of the boundary between reality and fantasy, consequently causing them to strive to depict the intersection of the documentary and fictive filmic forms in varying ways. Hirokazu Koreeda’s oeuvre, effused […]

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Movie Review: Before We Go

  Last year’s release of the third instalment of Marvel’s epic box-office franchise, Captain America – Captain America: Civil War – marks the seventh year that Hollywood actor Chris Evans has been dutifully playing the role of adored superhero in the Marvel Universe. Likewise, the impending release of the latest film in Marvel’s sister franchise, […]

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Spotlight: Clio Barnard

Active since the early 2000s, British director and writer Clio Barnard has been widely lauded by the film-loving public and in the international festival scene for her Ken Loach-esque, ‘kitchen sink’ realist yet subtly poetic documentary-style films which place a perspicuous lens on working-class Britons. Barnard’s hauntingly tragic, poignant tales illustrate the social deprivation rife […]

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An Interview with Giada Ghringhelli

  “ For an instant, I am. The light touches me gently and I live, burst and shine. This constant, irreversible, rhythmic drift from being to not. Only the memories left. Escaping desires. The love. The pain. I only have an instant of life. So please. This film is an ode to the rhythm of being.” […]

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Spotlight: Philippe de Broca

  Legendary French film director Philippe de Broca has directed thirty feature films throughout the length of his inimitable career, widely christening him as a forerunner in the French New Wave movement, an epic historical drama auteur and an intrepid figurehead of European filmmaking. After witnessing the brutalities of war in North Africa during his […]

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Movie Review: Happy End

  An educator. A provocateur. A moralist. And last but not least: A two time Palm d’Or winner. Michael Haneke is unequivocally one of the darlings of the Cannes Film Festival and as it often is with darlings of a prestigious cultural event, the relationship is also a particularly difficult one. At no time does […]

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Spotlight: Kôji Fukada

  A truly maverick filmmaker, Kôji Fukada has enriched Japanese filmmaking in his emergence as part of a new generation of the region’s top filmmakers who threaten to topple the long-standing dominion of the Japanese cinema veterans – primarily “4K” team comprised of Hirokazu Koreeda, Naomi Kawase, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Takeshi Kitano – who first […]

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What to Do in Paris in June

  The 1975 – 20 June – Olympia A perfect synthesis of boisterous 70s glam-rock, synth-packed pop-rock and poignant acoustics ballads with hints of catchy bubble-gum pop, Manchester-born indie-rock band The 1975 has taken the international music scene by storm since the release of their debut self-titled album, featuring string of instant hits including their […]

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May Updates

After the thrilling merriments last month’s 12th edition of ÉCU, the team here at our offices decided that they were not quite yet ready to wind down from the memories of the festival’s revelries. We decided to capitalised on the scorching summer weather finally gracing us by taking our annual trip to the Cannes Film […]

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Movie Review: Love Me

. Hildesheim-born filmmaker and writer Philipp Eichholtz made his foray into cinematography with his satirical rap video, Do My Own Thing (2005), before releasing his first feature length film, My Data and I (2009), a contrasting project dealing with the issues of data protection and mass surveillance. Several years later, Eichholtz wrote and directed Love […]

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Spotlight: Mira Nair

  In 2017, Mira Nair’s insurmountable figure towers in contemporary cinema as one of America’s most esteemed filmmakers. Her perspicuous socio-cultural explorations of Indian society in all its rich dimensions allows for the emergence of an astonishingly profound cinematic experience. Born in India’s eastern state of Odisha and educated at both New Delhi University and Harvard, Nair began her […]

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Movie Review: Things to Come

  In Things to Come (2016), Natalie Chazeaux (Isabelle Huppert) is working in Paris as a French philosophy teacher when her quiet life suddenly crumbles. After twenty years of marriage, her husband leaves her for another woman. Her mother dies. Her long-time publishing house no longer wants to distribute her work. Though she stoically traverses her troubles, it is […]

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Spotlight: Reed Morano

  Directed by veteran cinematographer Reed Morano, Hulu’s new original series The Handmaid’s Tale is a masterwork of television adaptation. Elegant and disquieting, it’s the perfect crystallization of Margaret Atwood’s dystopia: a near-future America, renamed Gilead, whose population is dying out and whose religious fundamentalist government has forced society’s remaining fertile women (handmaids) to work […]

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ÉCU in Cannes 2017

    With the festival feeling like a distant memory, its time for ÉCU’s next adventure as we set off for our annual appointment with the Cannes Film Festival where we will be launching our ‘call for submissions’ for ÉCU 2018. Kicking off our Cannes tour, we will be at the T3: Talent, Tools and […]

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MOVIE REVIEW THROWBACK: ALMOST FAMOUS

- Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning cult-classic, Almost Famous (2000), offers audiences an entrancing delve into the world of 1970s rock music with its perfect blend of sharp humour, charmingly époque-capturing cinematography, hypnotizing cast performances and an exquisite musical score which all poetically capture the emotional complexities in the maturation of 15-year-old rock-enthusiast William Miller at the […]

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SPOTLIGHT: RAOUL PECK

- Haitian filmmaker, writer and former politician Raoul Peck paints profoundly jarring and wildly spirited portraits of the protracted and tumultuous political conflicts that are deeply enmeshed in the modern-day Haitian experience. Over the course of his three-decade long filmic career, Peck has demonstrated an exquisitely nuanced narrative dexterity in his treatment of the significant […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: GULISTAN, LAND OF ROSES

- The acclaimed Kurdish documentary Gulîstan, Land of Roses (2016) follows a group of female fighters in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as they battle the Islamic State in Northern Iraq. Director Zaynê Akyol conceived her film as a tribute to Gulîstan, a Kurdish activist she’d known in Montreal who left for Iraq to join […]

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Spotlight: Lucrecia Martel

- Argentine director, screenwriter and producer Lucrecia Martel has long been considered one of the key figures of the New Argentine Cinema wave, with her films serving as stunningly poetic and piercingly authentic social critiques of the collective malaise that permeates modern society. Martel sheds a highly penetrating light on the devastating dissolution she illuminates […]

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