ÉCU is going south – to the beautiful Mediterranean port city Toulon, France. On the 12th and 15th September in Pathé Cinema (265 Boulevard Général Leclerc) we will be screening a selection of the world’s best independent films thus pursuing our mission to bring world’s best independent films closer to people who appreciate the beauty of independent cinema.

Reserve your tickets here for 12th September screenings and here for the screenings on 15th.

The Toulon program offers a wide range of award winning films. On 12th September discover highly praised animations: ÉCU’s 2019 edition Best European Independent Animated Film Augenblicke (dir. Kiana Naghshineh), Best European Independent Film’2018 The Box (dir. Dusan Kastelic) and Late Season (Daniela Leitner) – a wonderful tale about an aging couple, who have stopped interacting with each other but their framed photos allow us to peek into their beautiful youth.

The selection also includes 3 films about socially sensitive topics such as race, refugees, different communities, sense of belonging and identity. Namely, Marc Fouchard’s film Way of tea, which was shortlisted for the Oscars in 2017 and took home ÉCU 2016’s Best Editing award; Koen Van Sande’s dramatic short Lockdown about the aftermath of Brussels terrorist attack and the paranoia it encouraged. Finally, Yuri Alves’s film Grind – a story about a refugee, caught up in crime but willing to change his life.

We are not even close to an end. To mix things up even more, the schedule includes Pater Familias (Giacomo Boeri) – a delightful comedy that won “Best European Independent Comedy” title at ÉCU’s 2019 edition – a film about a middle-aged man trying to measure up with the pace of the digital era. Additionally, Drummer Girl (Sophie Hexter), Pig Heart (director Artjom Baranov took home “Europe’s Best Independent director” award at ÉCU 2019) and the intensely beautiful music video Submission (Savvas Stavrou) will be hitting screens of Pathé in Toulon.

The program of 15th September is as colourful as it gets – a magical kaleidoscope of drama, comedy, action and more. ÉCU is bringing to Toulon some of its best experimental pieces like animation film [o] (Mario Radev and Chiara Sgatti), Rhythm of Being (Giada Ghiringhelli) and Think of Something Blue (Jerry De Mars). All of these films are sensitive and delicately nuanced observations about the nature and human emotions.

Furthermore, the line-up offers several great short films. Like the winner of an Oscar in 2019 – Skin (Guy Nattiv). It is a movie revolving around racial prejudices gone brutal and bordering on a war. Speaking about winners, it would be a pity to miss Europe’s Best Independent film Piggy (Carlota Martínez Pereda) – a comically dramatic story of an overweight Sara walking home in her bikini. Meanwhile, The Oracle (Nan Feix) focuses on a runaway murderer crossing paths with a bizarre oracle. Lastly, if Pater Familias dealt with digital challenges from a perspective of an older man, #Tagged (Martijn Winkler) shows how phone addiction can turn against its user. In this case, a 14-year-old teenage girl’s smartphone showcases her life from its point of view.

Two remarkable student films has made the cut as well. Chimère (Vaillant Nathan) – a personal story about a hardworking wife discovering her lover’s infidelity and Quick’n’Clean (Maria-Kristin Neheimer) – film about a girl working at the drycleaner’s and learning about her boyfriend’s criminal doings.

Lastly, we warmly advise you not to miss ÉCU’s Best Comedy’2016 Discipline (Christophe M. Saber) from Switzerland and Nightshift (Hisham Sharafeddine), which comes from Arab Special Selection program and brings a story about two thieves and a bad timing.

We invite you to reserve the tickets and enjoy our festival’s brightest entries. Let’s celebrate independent cinema!

Check out the programme here:

Thursday, 12th September

19:30Augenblicke – A Blink of An EyeGermanyAnimated Film
19:34The Way of TeaFranceShort Film
19:55The BoxSloveniaAnimated Film
20:07LockdownBelgiumShort Film
20:23SubmissionUKMusic Video
20:27Drummer GirlAustraliaDocumentary Film
20:34GrindUSADocumentary Film
20:42Pig HeartGermanyShort Film
21:13Pater FamiliasItalyComedy Film
21:23Late SeasonAustriaAnimated Film

Sunday, 15th September

17:30[O]UKAnimated Film
17:36ChimereFranceStudent Film
17:53Rhythm of BeingUKExperimental Film
17:59 Quick N’CleanGermanyStudent Film
18:12The OracleFranceShort Film
18:43PiggySpainShort Film
18:57#TaggedNetherlandsShort Film
19:09SkinUSAShort Film
19:30Think of Something BlueNetherlandsExperimental Film
19:37Night-ShiftLebanonShort Film
19:44DisciplineSwitzerlandComedy Film
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