Tannaz Hazemi – Writer / Director Extraordinaire

 Français ©  Photo provided by Elizabeth Bruneau TANNAZ HAZEMI was born in Teheran and escaped with her family to Sweden as a refugee.  After leaving Sweden, she moved to the States and graduated high school in Chicago. Tannaz has published a book on music with MTV Italy,  worked as a freelance journalist and later as on-camera […]

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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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Launch Party Activities

ÉCU 2016 LAUNCH PARTY ACTIVITIES Here’s the program for the soirée: – 08:15 p.m. : Presentation of the festival – 08:35 p.m. : MILKY WAY – 09:30 p.m. : Festival’s President and manager speeches and introduction of the filmmakers – 09:45 p.m. : THE SANDCHERRIES – 10:40 p.m. : TARA WHO? – 11:30 p.m. : […]

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ÉCU 2016 Workshops

WORKSHOP #1 Trends in financing and budgeting Independent films and International Sales Where: Les 7 Parnassiens (Grande Salle) When: Saturday, April 9th // 10:30 – 11:30 The topic of this workshop is sourcing finance for English-language independent films, dealing with sales agents, and selling independent films on the international markets. Gareth Jones is an industry […]

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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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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN MARCH

ECU LAUNCH PARTY – MARCH 16 from 19.30h – Supersonic (FREE ENTRANCE)  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’d like to invite you all to our Launch Party to get a taste of what this year’s […]

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Room

Français Books make for good film fodder – there’s a dramatic story readily available to tell with its sales numbers a calculated forecast of its anticipated success. Lenny Abrahamson’s Room has certainly captured this spirit with the eponymous book by Emma Donoghue. While the story of kidnap and captivity in a small room for years […]

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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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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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ÉCU January Updates

Français January always means new beginning, the feeling of having another chance and loads of good intentions. Refreshed after the holidays, we got back on track really fast, as The European Independent Film Festival is just around the corner. Submissions to ÉCU closed on January 17th, setting the road to the last month before the announcement of […]

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ÉCU – IN – LANDSBERG

Français This week, ÉCU is excited to fly to Germany to attend Snowdance Film Festival. Two years ago Europe saw the birth of this new, independent film festival which has his headquarters in Landsberg am Lech in Bavaria, Germany. Its aim, from the beginning, is to support brave, independent films that received little or no […]

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SPOTLIGHT – HOU HSIAO HSIEN

Français At the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, Hou Hsiao-hsien won his first Award director for “The Assassin.” After being nominated six times to Cannes, this award comes late for him. At 68 years old, Hou Hsiao-hsien is one of the most important Asian filmmakers of this generation. Hou Hsiao-hsien began his film career in 1973. […]

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SPOTLIGHT – JONATHAN LEVINE

Français What is happy, sad, and weird at the same time? Above all things, life. And with these things comes director Jonathan Levine, who can tackle multi-dimensional layers and churn them with a gooey center of complexities when he tries. A native New Yorker, Levine honed his faceted style in agreement with a Jewish upper-middle […]

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ÉCU DECEMBER UPDATES

Français  The end of a year always comes with a fair bit of intensity and an inevitable tendency to draw the conclusion of your work. This quite describes last December at ÉCU. As 2015 came to an end, the chance to submit films to The European Independent Film Festival is getting narrow: the final deadline is […]

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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN JANUARY

Français  Art Anselm Kiefer – Centre Pompidou, Until 18th April Born in 1945 in a little town in Bade-Wurtemburg, Anselm Kiefer is a child of post-war Germany, indelibly marked by his country’s defeat and national silence on the legacy of Nazism. From these beginnings grew an artistic obsession with the framing of historical events in […]

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SPOTLIGHT – SEBASTIAN SCHIPPER

Français Is it possible to shoot a full-feature film in one single take and still succeed to make a broad audience watch it and like it? German filmmaker and actor Sebastian Schipper proved you can do it! When his newest film “Victoria” came out this summer, it blew the spectators mind’s twice. Firstly, by delivering […]

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SPOTLIGHT – NANNI MORETTI

  Français European wide known, Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti is definetely a unique, quirck character. His career begins with a Super-8 camera, bought after having sold his stamps collection at the age of twenty, and no previous experience whatsoever. Starting off with two parodic short films about bourgeois contradictions (Paté de Bourgeois) and 68’ militants’ […]

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