SPOTLIGHT – VALERIA BRUNI TEDESCHI

Français If it wasn’t for her last name, and, maybe, the elegant, irresistible smile, would you be able to tell that actress, director and screenwriter Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was the sister of Nicholas Sarkozy’s première dame and top model Carla? I bet at least more than half of you wouldn’t. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was born […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MICHEL OCELOT

  Français   This Friday’s genre is animation! ÉCU wants to give the Spotlight to the creative and artistic man, the creator of the awesome masterpieces in the animation world like Kirikou et La Sorcière and Azur et Asmar, Michel Ocelot, who treats his works truly from his heart and soul! Michel Ocelot is a French […]

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New submission to ÉCU 2015 – “How I Lost My Best Friends” trailer

“How I Lost My Best Friends” is a film by Natalie Schwan and our new submission in the category Non-European Dramatic Short. Through nostalgic flashbacks triggered by a return to his hometown, 20-something Danny analyzes his most influential and important relationships as he tries to figure out how to move forward in his life.

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Spotlight: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Français “My position is that of a cinema director. I’m not politically active. But I can’t not react to what is happening around me” says Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose latest movie – LEVIATHAN – can be seen as a very political film, directly aimed to criticize the current elite of Russia. Set on a peninsula by […]

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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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“Alleycats” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’!

“Alleycats” by Ian Bonhôte is a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ in the category European Dramatic Short. Fast, dangerous and unsettling, Alleycats by Ian Bonhôte is a tense urban thriller set against the backdrop of an underground activity, which is at the cutting edge of urban subculture.

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“Violence Done Well” – new submission to ÉCU 2015!

“Violence Done Well” by Maida Hals is a new submission to ÉCU in the category European music video! Music video for Norwegian artist Eline Thorp. Captured in a world of reflections, a dancer is pushed to the limits.

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ÉCU 2014 Filmmaker Interviews

ÉCU 2014 came and went in an exciting and chaotic blur of filmmakers and audiences swapping appreciation for, and advice regarding, the world of independent cinema. Did you miss a chance to chat with one of your favorite filmmakers who showed their work in our Official Selection? That’s where ÉCU 2014 Filmmaker Interviews are here to help. […]

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New Submission – “Stable Life”

An immigrant family struggles for survival in the hardscrabble world of horse racing. Watch the trailer of “Stable Life”, a new submission to ÉCU 2014 Une famille d’immigrants lutte pour sa survie dans le monde ingrat de la course de chevaux. Regardez la bande annoncer de “Stable Life”, une nouvelle inscription à ÉCU 2014.  

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New Submission – Crossing

This Student Film by French-American director Michael Pontvert, tells the story of a French soldier during WWI who suffers from amnesia. With the help of a fisherman he encounters on the riverside, this lost and confused soldier learns the faceted truths about his life. //Ce film du réalisateur français-américain Michael Pontvert, raconte l’histoire d’un soldat […]

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Spotlight – Neill Blomkamp

Since South Africa is being on the spotlight lately, ÉCU’s Spotlight this week is dedicated to a South African artist of international acclaim. And the artist in question is director Neill Blomkamp. Maybe his name doesn’t sound familiar but his work might, Blomkamp is the artist responsible behind the hit film District 9 and the 2013 Elysium amongst other projects. […]

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New Submission – Derniers Recours

What lengths would you go to get what you want? Experience this undying battle between morale and temptation during this Dramatic Short about one man’s desperate search for citizenship in the submission trailer for ÉCU 2014 by Algerian director Mahi Bena. //Que feriez-vous pour obtenir ce que vous voulez? Suivre cette lutte entre le moral […]

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New Submission – Numbers

Two ruthless individuals take roller skating to a whole new level in a cross-continental journey through Europe in this experimental short film by German directors Sascha Dornhoefer and Alexandra Rothert. Take a peek inside their dangerous bag of tricks in this trailer submission for ECU 2014. //Ces deux personnes incroyables prennent le patinage à roulettes […]

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Spotlight – Billy Wilder

The rise of Nazi Germany during the 1930’s cast down a threatening shadow over Europe as it continued to engulf a sea of innocent victims. Billy Wilder, then a successful writer, uprooted from his home in Berlin and retreated to Paris where he sought salvation from the German forces. It was here that the Jewish […]

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Spotlight – Jean Seberg

Jean Dorothy Seberg was found lifeless in the back of her Renault with one last message to the world. Scribbled on a piece of paper next to an empty bottle of barbiturates she wrote, “Forgive me. I can no longer live with my nerves.” The American actress turned civil rights activist died at the age […]

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Stephen David Brook’s Feature Film “Flytrap”

We are happy to announce that ÉCU 2008 Alumni Stephen David Brooks will begin production of his new feature film “FLYTRAP” early next month on December 5th.  “FLYTRAP” combines science fiction with dark humor to tell the story of an English astronomer who becomes spellbound by those who are holding him hostage. The film will […]

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New Submission – The Typewriter

The Typewriter The intimidating blank page troubles the writer who struggles to release both his fears and desires in this poetic short. Enjoy the mesmerizing story by French director Gabriel Richard in this submission trailer for ÉCU 2014. //La page blanche intimidant inquiète l’écrivain qui se bat pour libérer ses craintes et ses désirs dans […]

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New Submission – Otto Floss: Freelance Watcher

Do you ever fear you’ll disappear if no one is watching? This pensive student film by UK director Gevi Dimitrakopoulou delves deep into the insecurities of personal identity while exposing intimate details of humanity. //Avez-vous jamais l’impression que vous allez disparaître si personne ne vous observe? Ce film pensif par le réalisateur britannique Gevi Dimitrakopoulou analyse […]

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