Movie Review: Wind River

  Wind River is one of the rare films in American cinema to address the problem of sexual violence on Indian reservations and the federal government’s stark indifference to it. Its story of the rape and disappearance of a young Native American woman Natalie (Kelsey Chow) on Wind River Reservation is symbolic of a much […]

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Spotlight: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is one of the most successful French directors of the modern era. His distinctive, whimsical style that can be described as a throwback to cinematic impressionism renders his oeuvre instantly recognizable. Of the several unique trademarks which characterize his films – including a focus on objects, the creation of quirky characters and the […]

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ÉCU goes to Athens!

ÉCU-On-The-Road continues its World-wide tour with a screening in Athens. ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival will be screening a selection of some of the best independent films from around the World in Athens, Greece from the 30th August to the 1st September, 2017. The screenings will take place at the XYTHPIO Theatre Art Café in the Gazi area of Athens and will start at 20.45 every night from Wednesday until Friday and will […]

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Spotlight: Nina Hoss

The first time Nina Hoss had been widely recognized was when she played a very famous German escort girl of the 1950s. The film was a so-called “event movie” played on a private television station in the 90s. So it wasn’t about the female emancipation which Rosemarie – the escort girl’s self-chosen name – espoused, […]

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ÉCU goes to Romania!

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival  is proud to share some of its best films from the 2017’s edition of the festival with our partner Arkadia Shortfest that will take place 1st – 3rd September in Băcoi, Prahova, Romania. The 4th edition the festival will once again offer 3 days of artistic events, that […]

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Movie review: Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan has been known primarily for his cerebral thrillers, but in Dunkirk, he deploys his technical virtuosity to create an utterly emotional experience. Dunkirk stages one of the most desperate periods in Britain’s fight against Nazi Germany, when 400,000 Allied soldiers were surrounded by German forces on the northern beaches of France in the spring of 1940. […]

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Spotlight: Ruben Östlund

BAFTA-nominated, Palme d’Or-winning Swedish filmmaker and screenwriter Ruben Östlund has directed a dozen films over the length of his remarkable filmic career, a unique journey which began in the early 1990s with a trio of skiing films – Addicted, Free Radicals and Free Radicals 2 – on the basis of which the young film-enthusiast was […]

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Movie Review: The Circle

The Circle tells the story of an aspiring young woman named Mae Holland from her first day at the very successful Silicon Valley company ‘The Circle’ and then… well… depends if you are watching the film or reading the book. There are characters with the same names in the book and in the film, and […]

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What to Do in August

Marking the apogee of the tropical season, the month of August is always the surest guarantee of days spent lulled on sun-doused beaches and evenings enjoyed lingering on warm café terraces – all scenes which inevitably populate one’s reveries in the dreary wintry months. The French capital is never a city to allow its residents, […]

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July Updates

As the summer season is now in full swing and the hottest month of the year is upon us, we are eager to update our readers as to the nature of our exciting recent developments! At ÉCU, we are relentless in our quest to embolden filmmakers who are wary to present their works or lack […]

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Movie Review: Frantz

A director as inventive as François Ozon would never remake a film in the conventional sense. His latest work Frantz (2016) is technically a re-staging of Broken Lullaby (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932), which follows a German widow, Anna Hoffmeister, in the wake of WWI as she encounters a mysterious Frenchman at the gravesite of her fiancé, […]

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Spotlight: Bruno Dumont

Two-time Grand Jury Prize winning French director, screenwriter and editor Bruno Dumont has directed a decuple of feature films which have garnered him a widely held reputation as the cinematic successor of fellow French helmer, Robert Bresson, in his striking adoption of a minimalist and ascetic filmic approach. Dumont’s contentious body of work has led […]

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Movie Review: Before I Fall

New York-born filmmaker Ry Russo-Young’s first directorial project in 5 years – after her 2012 family drama, Nobody Walks, co-written by Lena Dunham and starring John Krasinski – the teenage mystery drama Before I Fall (2017), asks the viewer: What If Today Was the Only Day of the Rest of Your Life? The rhetorical question […]

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Spotlight: Ousmane Sembene

Widely considered to be one of the most skilled and influential African cinematic storytellers of our modern era, Senegalese filmmaker and author Ousmane Sembene deals with a handful of incredibly powerful themes in his profound oeuvre – from the history of colonialism to the difficulties of religion and the strength of femininity – which staunchly […]

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30% of submission fees to celebrate Bastille Day!

    In honour of France fireworks-effused, mirth-filled, riotously celebratory Bastille day, ÉCU has decided to spoil indie film lovers with our Bastille Day discount! The offer will be in effect at the end of this week, from Thursday 13th to Sunday 17th, presenting all you indie filmmakers with a 30% discount on submission fees for ÉCU […]

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Movie Review: It Comes At Night

  In Trey Edward Shults’ post-apocalyptic chamber drama It Comes At Night (2017), fear of death, outsiders and the unknown opens the door to the monsters of human nature. Set in an unspecified dystopian future, the film presents us with a world ravaged by a highly contagious plague. Among its survivors is Paul (Joel Edgerton), who has undertaken […]

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Movie Review: The Beguiled

Can you make a movie about the Civil War without showing the suffering caused by the enslavement of black people in the South? Since the premiere of Sofia Coppola’s newest movie – The Beguiled – in Cannes earlier this year, this question has been an especially virulent one, especially on the Internet. And once again […]

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What to do in July

Montmartre, décor de cinéma – 12 April 2017 – 14 January 2018 – Musée de Montmartre In the heart of one Paris’ most historically-rich and cultural vibrant neighbourhoods, the art and film hub, Le Musée de Montmartre, offers art lovers a 8 month-long, one-of-a-kind exhibition celebrating the profound, exquisite influence of the eternally revered metropolis […]

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