June Updates

As the climatic apex of the sun-soused, skin sweltering summer season is in swift apparition, ÉCU is more eager than ever to capitalise on the exciting developments that occur in the world of cinema in the summer months and share these thrilling times with our loyal readers! This year, ÉCU 2017 – which ran from […]

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Spotlight: Suzanne Osten

Stockholm-born filmmaker, stage director and screenwriter Suzanne Osten’s passionately recounted, socially charged and penetratingly shrewd films undoubtedly show their origins in the auteur’s intriguing family background which colours her oeuvre with sensitive yet perspicuous social commentary. Born to Karl Otto Osten, a toolmaker and social democrat Swedish émigré who fled Nazi Germany and director-writer Gerd […]

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Movie Review: Jeune Femme

A young girl, Paula, is having a mental breakdown, banging her forehead on the front door of an apartment. Later we will realise that she’s lost and broke – financially and psychologically – after living in South America for 10 years. The photographer whose muse she has been for the last decade likes to have […]

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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 Ghiringhelli

  ” 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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