Spotlight: Wes Anderson

“I don’t know what is in store for the movie business any better than anybody else does, but it does seem like my kind of movies are a little trickier than it used to be – or maybe a lot trickier.” Wes Anderson In contrast to most blockbuster films today, it is impossible to to […]

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SPOTLIGHT – GASPAR NOE’

Français For this Friday spotlight we’ve chosen a Franco-Argentine film director: Gaspar Noé. Gaspar Noé, son of the famous Argentine painter Luis Felipe Noé, was born in 1963 in Buenos Aires. He now lives and works in France as film director. Extremely modern and far from the reality, Noé started making film to express his […]

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ÉCU May Updates

Français     Our team has been enjoying the spring sunshine and preparing for the next edition of ÉCU. Couple of really exciting news here: firstly, the new dates for our XI edition have been announced – mark your calendars for April 8-9-10, 2016 for the coolest indie fun ever. Secondly, ÉCU is now opened for […]

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ÉCU-in-Cannes

Français   For ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival, three days in Paris is just not enough. We love travelling around the world making sure our Official Selection filmmakers and films are known. This can best be achieved through promoting and screening the best indie films, so ÉCU will attend the Cannes Film Festival! Cannes Film Festival strives to encourage […]

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New submission to ÉCU 2015 – “37°4 S” trailer

37°4 S is a film in the category European Dramatic Short, directed by Adriano Valerio. Nick and Anne, two teenagers, have known each other since their birth and are lovers since childhood. But Anne’s just made up her mind: she’s going to study in England, 6152 miles away from their small island in the Atlantic […]

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Spotlight: Roberto Minervini

Français Roberto Minervini is a director who breaks the rules, a late starter, not an Italian on the run but on the go. Originally from Marche, a small Italian region, he graduated in economics and started working as a business consultant. After losing his job because of the tragedy of the 11th September 2001, he […]

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Spotlight: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Français This Turkish photographer, screenwriter, actor, and last but not least, film director, has been under the spotlight since May, when his latest film WINTER SLEEP won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. The film also won the FIPRESCI Prize and has been selected as the Turkish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film […]

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Spotlight – Xavier Dolan

Français Xavier Dolan “l’enfant terrible” from Québec managed to be the talk of the town at the tender age of 21 with his directorial debut “J’ai Tué Ma Mère” (I killed my mother). The film took home three awards at the Director’s Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, and it even got […]

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Spotlight – The Great Beauty

Français This year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film marks the record breaking 11th win for Italy in the category. Paolo Sorrentino‘s “The Great Beauty” follows on the footsteps of his great film predecessor and source of inspiration Frederico Fellini. The director follows his protagonist around Rome, which at times is enchanting, at times […]

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The End As The Start Of A New Beginning

Sometimes the “dark” past can become the spring of “enlightenment” of a new generation. More than four decades of communism in which culture was used only for propaganda purposes might seem a legacy difficult to overcome. But in the case of Romania the “grey” past wasn’t an obstacle but the source of inspiration for a […]

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Spotlight – Audrey Tautou

Cannes is just around the corner, and in honor of this year’s utterly adorable MC, this week’s SPOTLIGHT is none other than Audrey Tautou! The classic beauty is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival and will make the perfect hostess for this year’s 2013 Cannes Film Festival opening and closing ceremonies.  The internationally known […]

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ÉCU’s Guide to Indie Film Scene in…Mexico

“In Mexico everybody makes movies for all the right reasons, none of which are to get rich.”– Alfonso Cuarón There are definitely three things to say about Mexican cinema: it is very popular, it has influence over cinemas of the world and it is in general independent. In Mexican independent films you can see the […]

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ÉCU Spotligt: New Year’s Special

New Year 2013 is just around the corner and a mood of celebration is in the air. Some people are busy preparing for a big party, some people want to have a cosy evening at home. ÉCU have selected some good indie films for you to enjoy on New Year’s Eve, as well as for […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Bernardo Bertolucci receives EFA Lifetime Achievement Award

Italian director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci (age 72) is a rare and unusual gem in the filmmaking world – one who has been in the game for fifty years. ÉCU is happy to hear that he’s received recognition for his life’s work at the recent European Film Awards as they honoured him with the Lifetime […]

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ÉCU 2013 Opening Up Submissions in Cannes

To all filmmakers, of every language and origin: The European Independent Film Festival 2013 is open for submission!

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CANNES €CO 2012

Take a virtual seat for the 65th Cannes Film Festival a live stream event from the Majestic Hotel! Join us from any remote location or even your very own living room – as we film live via online live streaming – for an exclusive Screen International insider’s perspective and behind-the-scenes, full-access pass to interviews, roundtables and […]

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ÉCU at Cannes Film Festival

The countdown has started, only five days to go until an event with one of the biggest media coverage in the world begins. The 2012 Cannes International Film Festival will commence May 16th, and conclude on May 27t. Our team from ÉCU will be there bringing our independent flavour, so be sure not to miss […]

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