Spotlight: Gleb Panfilov

It would be almost impossible to leave Gleb Panfilov’s name out of a considered list of East Europe’s most influential living directors. Indubitably, he is one of few filmmakers around who have been able to so adroitly illustrate the collective and individual, material and psychological disposition of the region in its pre- and post-Soviet era, […]

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Movie Review: Everything, Everything

Stella Meghie (JEAN OF THE JONESES) offers a garden-variety teen romance in her second directorial work, Everything, Everything, following the release of her widely applauded debut feature which explores the chaotic dramatics that follow a large Jamaican-American family in a riotously droll, sharply illuminating generational drama. Although her follow up project is equally audacious in […]

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Spotlight: Catherine Breillat

Not only is Catherine Breillat is a bestselling novelist, professor of Auteur Cinema and Bertolucci drama-starring actress – she is also one of France’s most influential modern-day directors, with a directorial oeuvre of nearly twenty films. For over forty decades, Breillat’s viscerally jarring and sensorially perceptive dramas have had generations of cinema-goers on the edge […]

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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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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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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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What to do in Paris in June

Français So the summer has started, it’s the time of ice cream, outdoor festivals, picnics in the park and…rain? Yeah, it’s miserable here in Paris but that doesn’t mean that you have to be miserable too.  There’s plenty to do in Paris, and even if events are a bit muddy, you can have a great […]

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Spotlight: Mads Mikkelsen

Français Once an unknown with unconventional roots, the chiselled features of Mads Mikkelsen have now captured the hearts of fans world-wide with his role on the American show, Hannibal (2013-2015), and a variety of international roles. A television adaptation of the Hannibal Lecter series, this show and these high profile films have propelled the former […]

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April Updates

The sun is bona fide out here in Paris; spring feels officially underway. It’s about time the City of Lights got a little warmth after the brouhaha that was the 2016 ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. Our 11th edition is officially done and won. Over half of our winning directors were in show, […]

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SUNDAY AT PETITE SALLE – LES 7 PARNASSIENS CINÉMA

SESSION 12 Sunday, April 10th @ 11:40 AM                                                                                  BUY YOUR SESSION TWELVE TICKET HERE* INVENTING […]

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SUNDAY AT GRANDE SALLE – LES 7 PARNASSIENS CINÉMA

SESSION 8 Sunday, April 10th @ 11:00 AM BUY YOUR SESSION EIGHT TICKET HERE* TRANQUILITY OF BLOOD by Senad Sahmanovic (Serbia) Here’s the thing about revengeful people: they are angry, driven, and passionate as hell. Vindictive motives are propelled to motion despite the outrageous trajectory followed. And when this fire wears off into muddled submission, where […]

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SATURDAY AT PETITE SALLE – LES 7 PARNASSIENS CINÉMA

 SESSION 5 Saturday, April 9th @ 11:40 AM                                                                              BUY YOUR SESSION FIVE TICKET HERE* PRESTIGE INGREDIENTS by Adrian Rubi […]

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SATURDAY AT GRANDE SALLE – LES 7 PARNASSIENS CINÉMA

SESSION 1 Saturday, April 9th @ 11:30 AM                                                                               BUY YOUR SESSION ONE TICKET HERE* RAINBOW PARTY by […]

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SAM KADI – The lost truth of the Syrian uprising

LITTLE GANDHI by SAM KADI (Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, USA), Arab Special Section Sunday morning / April 10th / 7 Parnassiens, 14:08 There is a large chance that we will hear or read the word ‘Syria’, at least once a day. Whether we are reading it in the newspapers, or hearing it on the news, we cannot […]

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Rick Limentani – Engineer Turned Filmmaker

RICK LIMENTANI is a former Cambridge engineering student turned award-winning filmmaker turned playwright. His latest short film Put Down is screening at ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2016. Brief intro!  I’m 37, I live in London, and I’m primarily a writer. I originally studied Engineering at Cambridge University, then went on to study film-making in […]

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