Movie Review: Atlal

Recently released in French theaters, Djamel Kerkar’s Atlal (2016) is a rare documentary on the specter of Algeria’s Black Decade as it continues to haunt the country’s present landscape. When civil war broke out between the government and Islamist militants in the ‘90s, it left more than 200,000 dead in its wake. Today, images of […]

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Spotlight: Álex de la Iglesia

  The filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia, recently honoured with a tribute at Gérardmer’s festival in 2018, was born on December 4, 1965 in Bilbao, Spain. From a young age, he had a stark fascination with comics and this was the foundation for where he began his career as a set designer in cinema. Later on, […]

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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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Spotlight: Daniel Kaluuya

Looking back on the first quarter of this year, there’s no doubt that Daniel Kaluuya’s 2018 has started off pretty well. He received an Oscar nod for Best Actor, and his current film in theaters is in the process of obliterating box office records. With several projects in the pipeline, including a film directed by […]

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Movie Review: Call Me By Your Name

“Call Me By Your Name” has been revered by critics and movie-lovers everywhere. James Ivory has won many an accolade (most recently an Oscar at last Sunday’s ceremony!) for penning its stunning script. Timothée Chalamet has received nothing but acclaim for his exceptional portrayal of the film’s protagonist “Elio”. So much so, you can barely […]

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ÉCU 2018 workshops

  Saturday, May 5th 10:15 – 11:00 WORKSHOP: “Fundamentals of Directing Actors”, held by HorizonVU Music & Bilingual Acting Workshop In this seminar, acting instructors from Bilingual Acting Workshop Celia Anne Browne and Sei Shiomi will introduce the basic tools of directing actors for film and TV through various American methods. Participants will discover the […]

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Spotlight: James Ivory

Before I begin recanting his extraordinary life and career, I would firstly like to thank James Ivory for  single-handedly ending my quarter-life crisis. For, like many in their early twenties, I spent a long time feeling utterly lost, only too aware of the milestones I had not yet completed by 23. However, after achieving his […]

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February Updates

    Time flew by in February – as the date of ÉCU 2018 (4-6th May, if you don’t know it by heart yet, shame on you!) is approaching, the ÉCU office is just getting busier and busier. If you’ve been dying to know what we’ve been up to, don’t worry, the wait is over […]

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What to Do in Paris in March

  Spring is right around the corner! If you’re tired of the snow and ready to embrace a little much needed sunshine, keep reading! Because here, we’ve compiled some exciting events happening to help you make the most of the month. I, Le Printemps du Cinéma March 18th kicks off an exciting 3 days here […]

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ÉCU partners up with the Arab Cinema Center!

Our wonderful indie filmmakers, we once again have some tremendously exciting news for you to hear – hooray! We are absolutely delighted to announce that our Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking will now be presented in collaboration with the Arab Cinema Center ! The Arab Cinema Center (ACC)  is an amazing organisation dedicated […]

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Movie Review: Winter Brothers

Set in the dark bowels of Denmark’s rural limestone mines, Winter Brothers is a deeply weird and unsettling film about the beast of isolation. With brutality as its backdrop, it centers on two siblings: the skinny, sensitive, and unstable Emil who struggles for acceptance by his fellow miners, and the normal nondescript Johan, who blames […]

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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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Spotlight: Ryan Coogler

Even with the boundless new talent present in cinema today, it would be difficult to find an up-and-coming filmmaker with a track record quite as astonishing as Ryan Coogler’s. With just three feature films under his belt, he has managed to tell three outstandingly engaging and intimate stories, contribute to two major franchises, and thread […]

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Movie Review: Lady Bird.

As a huge Greta Gerwig fan, I am not surprised that I liked “Lady Bird”. However even I am surprised, despite my extreme partiality for this actress-turned-writer-turned-director, about how much I actually loved it. During the course of the film, we follow a year in the life of Christine Mcpherson aka “Lady Bird” (that is […]

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Spotlight: The Safdie Brothers

A pink glow reflects on Connie’s freshly bleached hair and neon blue spills out of an open refrigerator. Gritty, shocking, and spellbinding. 80’s nostalgia set against a New York City backdrop. Good Time: it’s the film that makes every minute more captivating than the last. To quote Stanley Kubrick, “A film is – or should […]

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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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Spotlight: FRANCES MCDORMAND

As she once again mesmerises us on screen, this time in her film “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri”, it might be worth paying closer attention to the insurmountable force of nature that is Frances McDormand. As an actress, we know that she is talented – she is one of the very few actors who […]

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