ÉCU ON-THE-ROAD: Toulon

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 […]

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What to do in Paris in September

We hope this summer has been revitalizing and exciting for you all! For ÉCU’s team it has been the perfect time to focus on watching your submitted movies and also to have some fun by making some creative films ourselves… September is here and we can’t wait to put all our energy into planning the […]

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Spotlight: John Waters & Divine

American filmmaker John Waters (1946) is known for his cult independent movies most frequently referred to as trash films. And Harris Glenn Milstead (1945-1988) is an American actor, performer and famous drag queen better known by his stage name Lady Divine or just Divine. Put them both together and discover one of the most provoking […]

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What to do in Paris in August?

As most of the capitals, Paris almost empties out in August, giving the perfect chance to experience its charm without crowds and endless queues. If you happen to be in the City of Lights during this month, our tips will come in handy to assure that you make the best of your trip! Paris plages […]

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Spotlight: Jan Švankmajer

“The world is divided in two unequal camps – those who have never heard of Jan Švankmajer and those who happened upon his work and know that they have come face to face with genius,” wrote Anthony Lane in The NewYorker. Czech animator and surrealist filmmaker Jan Švankmajer (1934) was strongly censored by the Soviet […]

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Movie review: Parasite

At first you will have loads of fun. Then you will become terrified. In this year’s Palme d’Or winner Parasite South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho masterfully shifts in between genres, never loosening the intrigue and tension. When class difference portrayal has reached its highest point, this dark comedy quickly turns into a gruesomely sadistic game […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau’s (1889-1963) versatile persona has left a notable mark on cinema, scenography, literature (poetry, plays, screenplays, novels, and essays) and painting. Undoubtedly,cinema and poesy combined equals a dreamer and believer, which was Cocteau. If his heritage would prove to be worthwhile, Cocteau wanted his tombstone to say: “Je début” (I begin). Instead, it is written […]

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What to do in Paris in July?

We are finally diving into the heart of summer: July is upon us!  Cinema en plein air If you are a cinema lover, then July is the perfect time to be in Paris: this summer films are leaving cinema halls and getting outside, giving you a chance to enjoy them en plein air!  If you are wondering how to enjoy this month […]

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What to do in Paris in May 2019

The best season of the year is finally here! May is the month that anticipates the summer, the one that allows us to say goodbye to our winter jackets and put them at the bottom of our wardrobe, wishing them a good rest – the daylight gets longer and so do the happy hours, the […]

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What to do in Paris in April 2019

Spring is finally here and so is ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival! ÉCU 2019– Come join us at Les 7 Parnassiens to celebrate the 14th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival on 5th– 7th of April! 80 films from around the world will be showcased and will be competing for 25 awards. […]

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What to do in Paris in March 2019

Spring is almost here, sun is finally shining and Paris looks more beautiful than ever. ÉCU wants to start the new month with the right foot, so here you are some events to enjoy the first rays of March sunlight. ÉCU 2019 Launch Party You definitely cannot miss the ÉCU 2019 Launch Party. It will […]

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What to do in Paris in February 2019

Excited to really start off 2019 after the New Year’s hangover – and for the tough ones, finally head out of Dry January? ÉCU selected a few of the coolest activities Paris has to offer for your February, so invite your favorite people and take them to a multicultural month in the city. Chinese New […]

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What to do in Paris in January 2019

Here are our suggestions to enjoy what the new year has to offer in Paris! Grab a slice of that galette de rois and cheers with a bubbling glass of cider because the new year has brought with it many opportunities and much promise for 2019. And there is no better way to get the […]

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Spotlight: Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig in the context of Womanhood and Hollywood by Sarah A. Lee In 2012, ECU released a profile on Greta Gerwig and the mumble core movement. Now, six years later, it seems apt to revisit Greta Gerwig in a renewed context, after Lady Bird(2018). Since the Academy Awards were founded in 1929, there has only […]

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What to do in Paris in December 2018

Here our tips for fully enjoying last month of the year in Paris! The Christmas Markets Craving roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, hand crafted christmas gifts, lights and decorations? Head to one Paris’ infamous Christmas Markets this month! Paris is famous for celebrating the Christmas spirit with it’s beautiful Christmas Markets that pop up all over […]

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What To Do In Paris In November 2018

Like every month, here ÉCU HQ, we have thought about some good tips for you to warm up during these cold November days in Paris! Festival du Film Coréen À Paris (Oct 30th– November 6th) If you are a fan of Old Boy, Okja, or just want to delve into the international cinema scene, visit […]

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ÉCU @ SO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

ÉCU’s tour around partner festivals never stops! From October 26th to November 3rd, we are going to Sofia, Bulgaria, which was named “Creative City of Film” by UNESCO in 2016, to attend the 9th edition of The So Independent Film Fest. Sofia Independent Film Festival ( So Independent ) was created in 2009 and started as […]

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ÉCU @ Russian Indie Film Festival

  This October ÉCU is going to St. Petersburg in Russia! Our new partner, Russian Indie Film Festival will be taking place on 6th-7th October in Saint Petersburg at the beautiful Alexandrinsky Theatre, one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. Russian Indie Film Festival is an annual festival that aims to show the best indie short films […]

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