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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What to do in Paris in April

ÉCU 2016 – The European Independent Film Festival 11th edition On April 8th 9th 10th will be in Paris the 11th edition of  ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. Discover the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. This year we have 77 films from 33 different countries, 14 categories and 25 awards.   […]

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ATTENDING FILMMAKERS

A SHORT GUIDE TO RE-ENTRY (United Kingdom) European Dramatic Short Saturday morning / April 9th / 7 Parnassiens, 11:51 Anwar Boulifa is a filmmaker who began documentaries having worked for the BBC, C4. ‘A Short Guide To Re-entry’ is his first short film and was shot with a mainly non-professional cast using improvisation to heighten the sense of […]

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Women in Filmmaking

For the second consecutive year we will be presenting an award close to our heart, The Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking Award, which will go to one of the 18 female film directors that will be competing at ÉCU this year. Unfortunately, the film industry consistently fails to address its gender bias, so we push to […]

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The Way of Tea by Marc Fouchard

 Français Just as the dust is settling from the devastating explosions in Paris last November, we are bitterly reminded once again of the continued global struggle against terror and violence.  Our headlines scream now-familiar phrases like, ‘terrorist attacks,’ ‘many dead,’ and ‘explosions,’ as Brussels faces a fresh wave of terrorism.  These graphic terms are then […]

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ÉCU 2016 Launch Party

The 11th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival will be taking place this year on April 8th-10th but before the actual festival, we invited you all to our LAUNCH PARTY to get a taste of what this year’s amazing selection has to offer! It was a night to celebrate film, music and […]

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SPOTLIGHT – GUILLERMO DEL TORO

Français The Spanish writer/director Guillermo del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1964. After he finished his study at the film school Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográcios, del Toro went on to work as a special effects make-up designer for about ten years, which is an experience that is reflected in many of […]

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Steve Jobs

Français Steve Jobs. The name is praised for limitless inspirational tenacity on one end, and serves as a grumbling pejorative on the other. To portray his psyche without imploding, one would need an accurate set of facts, and – perhaps more importantly – an intelligent understanding of difficult people. Director Danny Boyle teamed up with […]

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SPOTLIGHT – DOMHNALL GLEESON

Français If you have seen even only a few of the acclaimed films of 2015, the chances are that you have seen him. A hint: he is a ginger. Yes, we are talking about none other than the Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson. It was a very productive year for him. For starters, Gleeson starred in a brilliant sci- fi thriller […]

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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN FEBRUARY

Français  ART Simon Evans, “Not not knocking on heaven’s door”- Palais de Tokyo, Until 16th May An exhibition of the duo self-taught artist Simon Evans, a professional skateboarder born in London, who works with Sarah Lanna (an American illustrator). Curated by Rebecca Lamarche – Vadel, the exhibition shows thirty artistic pieces in order to represent […]

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ÉCU THROWBACK REVIEW – BOYHOOD

Français Before trilogy director Richard Linklater brought pillow talk back with a healthy dose of nostalgia and the feels in Boyhood. The film’s intrigue factor is its long running cast and filming, famously spanning its storyline over twelve years and using the same actors in their aging element. But this happens to be the cherry on top of a […]

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