What is independent film, really?

  So what exactly makes a film an independent film? Well, the answer is actually a little more complicated than you might think. By definition, an independent film is one that is produced outside of the major film studio system. Okay… getting a little closer to an answer, but what constitutes the “major film studio […]

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Critique du Film: 6ate7

Le film 6ate7 sera présenté dans le cadre de notre festival lors de la soirée d’ouverture ; il se déroule dans l’appartement d’un couple australien, pendant la nuit de leur septième anniversaire. Réalisé par Maggie Kiley, ce film montre Tim et Emma à travers ce qui commence comme une nuit de célébration de leur temps […]

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Movie Review: 6ate7

Set in the apartment of an Australian couple on the night of their seventh anniversary is 6ate7, a film to be featured in our festival on opening night. Directed by Maggie Kiley, this film follows Tim and Emma through what begins as a night of celebration of their time spent together. As the night progresses, […]

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What to Do in Paris in April

  It’s finally springtime, and following the aftermath of snow in March we can definitely rely on April to bring us the sun and maybe even some rain, c’mon its Paris. With that said, here at ÉCU we have compiled a list of things to get you moving in April no matter the weather are […]

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Movie Review: The Guard

For this week’s world renowned ÉCU movie review, we have decided to venture back to the fargone year of 2011, to examine an under discussed event in world history: the release of The Guard, now known as Ireland’s most successful independent film of all time. The Guard revolves around a small, untroubled community within Connemara, […]

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Critique du Film: The Guard

Pour la critique cinématographique d’ÉCU de cette semaine, on a décidé de revenir à l’année 2011 pour examiner un événement peu analysé dans l’histoire du monde: la sortie de « L’Irlandais », qui deviendra bientôt le film irlandais indépendant le plus réussi de tous les temps. « L’Irlandais » montre une petite communauté tranquille à Connemara, en Irlande, qui […]

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Spotlight: John Michael and Martin McDonagh

  Despite the fact our St Patrick’s Day hangovers have only just began to subside, we want to continue on celebrating the great patrons of the Emerald Isle. Instead of looking to its Holy Saints, however, we thought we would pay heed to its most heavenly indie souls, particularly two exceptional brothers: John Michael and […]

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Movie Review: Atlal

Recently released in French theaters, Djamel Kerkar’s Atlal (2016) is a rare documentary on the specter of Algeria’s Black Decade as it continues to haunt the country’s present landscape. When civil war broke out between the government and Islamist militants in the ‘90s, it left more than 200,000 dead in its wake. Today, images of […]

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Spotlight: Álex de la Iglesia

  The filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia, recently honoured with a tribute at Gérardmer’s festival in 2018, was born on December 4, 1965 in Bilbao, Spain. From a young age, he had a stark fascination with comics and this was the foundation for where he began his career as a set designer in cinema. Later on, […]

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Spotlight: Daniel Kaluuya

Looking back on the first quarter of this year, there’s no doubt that Daniel Kaluuya’s 2018 has started off pretty well. He received an Oscar nod for Best Actor, and his current film in theaters is in the process of obliterating box office records. With several projects in the pipeline, including a film directed by […]

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Movie Review: Call Me By Your Name

“Call Me By Your Name” has been revered by critics and movie-lovers everywhere. James Ivory has won many an accolade (most recently an Oscar at last Sunday’s ceremony!) for penning its stunning script. Timothée Chalamet has received nothing but acclaim for his exceptional portrayal of the film’s protagonist “Elio”. So much so, you can barely […]

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Spotlight: James Ivory

Before I begin recanting his extraordinary life and career, I would firstly like to thank James Ivory for  single-handedly ending my quarter-life crisis. For, like many in their early twenties, I spent a long time feeling utterly lost, only too aware of the milestones I had not yet completed by 23. However, after achieving his […]

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February Updates

    Time flew by in February – as the date of ÉCU 2018 (4-6th May, if you don’t know it by heart yet, shame on you!) is approaching, the ÉCU office is just getting busier and busier. If you’ve been dying to know what we’ve been up to, don’t worry, the wait is over […]

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What to Do in Paris in March

  Spring is right around the corner! If you’re tired of the snow and ready to embrace a little much needed sunshine, keep reading! Because here, we’ve compiled some exciting events happening to help you make the most of the month. I, Le Printemps du Cinéma March 18th kicks off an exciting 3 days here […]

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ÉCU s’associe avec Arab Cinema Center!

  Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer que Le Prix Ahmed Khedr pour l’Excellence dans la Réalisation de Films Arabes sera désormais présenté en collaboration avec le Centre du Cinéma Arabe (ACC – Arab Cinema Center). On a décidé de créer cette catégorie en 2013 car nous avons été étonnés par le niveau des films participants issus […]

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ÉCU partners up with the Arab Cinema Center!

Our wonderful indie filmmakers, we once again have some tremendously exciting news for you to hear – hooray! We are absolutely delighted to announce that our Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking will now be presented in collaboration with the Arab Cinema Center ! The Arab Cinema Center (ACC)  is an amazing organisation dedicated […]

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Movie Review: Winter Brothers

Set in the dark bowels of Denmark’s rural limestone mines, Winter Brothers is a deeply weird and unsettling film about the beast of isolation. With brutality as its backdrop, it centers on two siblings: the skinny, sensitive, and unstable Emil who struggles for acceptance by his fellow miners, and the normal nondescript Johan, who blames […]

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Movie Review: Don’t Breathe.

It’s always satisfying to see when a low-budget movie is smashing the box office from its first day of release. DON’T BREATHE has no big stars, no fancy location and was made on a small budget, yet it surprised everyone. Although there is no clear recipe to success, like baking a cake, it always helps […]

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