ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is thrilled to announce its Official Selection of films that will be showcased at the 14th edition of the festival. ÉCU 2019 will proudly screen 80 films from 30 countries on the 5th, 6th and 7th of April 2019 in Paris, France.

European Dramatic Feature 
European Dramatic Short
European Documentary
Non-European Dramatic Feature
Non-European Dramatic Short
Non-European Documentary
Student Film
Arab Special Selection
European Comedy Film
European Music Video
European Experimental Film
European Animated Film
Much More Than A Script Competition

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European Dramatic Feature

I LOVE MY MUM

DirectorAlberto Sciamma

Country: UK

A road movie that follows a mother and her son through an absurd journey out of their home in Europe into the unknown-and back again.

PERFECT PRESENT

DirectorMartijn Hullegie

Country: Netherlands

An awkward reunion dinner between three flawed brothers who all have a hidden agenda descends into chaos when the woman they all love announces her pregnancy without revealing the father’s identity.

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RWANDA

DirectorRiccardo Salvetti

Country: Italy

Close your eyes and try to imagine. A man, a woman, and their families. The fastest and most systematic genocide in history. He is Hutu, she is Tutsi. He must kill. She must die. A fate like so many others in that bloody spring… But this time there is a slight difference: when you reopen your eyes, you are in their place and the choice is only yours now.

TO TOKYO

DirectorCaspar Seale

Country: UK, South Africa

Challenged by her step-sister to return home, a haunted young woman hiding from her past in a remote Japanese village, is abducted into a fantastic wilderness, pursued by a real monster with only four nights to find the strength to escape To Tokyo and face her demons.

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European Dramatic Short

ANOTHER WORLD

DirectorRolv Lyssand Bjørø

Country: Norway

Tommy saves Even from what it looks like a violent father and they run away together out in the Norwegian wilderness. There, they meet Victoria, a confident older girl who convinces them to follow her down to a forbidden and Mythical Beach.

ASHMINA

Director: Dekel Berenson

Country: UK, Nepal

In an impoverished country, rife with contradiction, a young girl is torn by her obligation to her family and the influence of foreign visitors.

BLIGHT 

DirectorRaphaël Crombez

Country: Belgium

Elias and Nora discover that their daughter Léa is the fountain of life in human form.
Through mutual contact with water, she can cure anyone of anything. But it’s not without consequence.

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DEATH OF THE FATHER

DirectorVasileios Douskos

Country: Greece

A 45-year-old alcoholic writer, is visiting his deceased father’s house to reconcile with a rejection that haunts him.<    >

EVERYTHING YOU DIDN’T SAY

DirectorCharlie Reader

Country: UK

A couple voice the deepest doubts they have about their relationship over a pleasant meal at home.

FIND A HARBOUR FOR A DAY

DirectorPaul Marques Duarte

Country: France

When Adèle, an English teacher, spontaneously lets a young 15 years old migrant, illegally board a ferry for England with her class, she is far from grasping the importance of her gesture and its consequences on this overnight trip.

 

ICI ET MAINTENANT

DirectorAurélien Mathieu

Country: France

A little boy forces his mom to break free from a heavy secret so she can finally live fully here and now! During his quest for truth, the child gets help from an imaginary friend in a samurai armor.<    >

JOC

DirectorAndreea Valean

Country: Romania

Dani, a 12-year-old boy living in the outskirts of Bucharest, toils in the busy stop-light traffic selling cold water to support his family. He attempts to pay off all debts by betting all his money in a game organized by children with cardboard boxes on the streetcar tracks. He wins the bet but the money is not enough to buy his sister out of a gang-bang and he is now about to bet his own life on the streetcar tracks.

LOST IN CARRANZA

DirectorMarin Troude

Country: France

In the night of October 12th 2015, Pablo Carranza falls back into hard drugs, despite his sobriety and battle against his addictions for many years. Alone in his apartment, eaten by regrets and guilt, he decides to confess himself by leaving a last voice message to his first love.

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MISS

DirectorDrew Pautz

Country: UK

A conscientious English teacher receives a short story depicting her violent death.<    >

MY MOTHER

DirectorCharlie Manton

Country: UK

A deeply religious teenager struggles to move forward after witnessing his mother commit a sin.

PARADISE LOST

DirectorBruno Brejt

Country: Poland

The late 1960s. Moved by a sudden impulse, a man comes to recollect long-lost aspects of his own life. This unleashes an avalanche of memories, along with a wave of primal fears.

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PIGGY

DirectorCarlota Martínez Pereda

Country: Spain

Sara is an overweight teen that lives in the shadow of a clique of cool girls vacationing in her village. After being bullied at the local pool, she has to walk home wearing nothing but her bikini – and this walk will mark her for life.<    >

SALAM

DirectorClaire Fowler

Country: UK

A female Lyft driver navigates the night shift in New York City while waiting to hear life-or-death news from her family in Syria.

SEVEN

DirectorJames Morgan

Country: UK

Yohana, a teenage girl from a remote community in the Norwegian Arctic must decide, in seven seconds, the fate of the oil worker who has killed her father. This decision will not only mark her forever but also determine the very future of her people. <    

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SHIFT CHANGE

DirectorFederico Untermann

Country: Spain

Alicia and Vero are room watchmen in an art gallery and only see each other during shift change. A work of art will test their feelings.<    >

SYDNEY

DirectorPaul Wyett

Country: UK

Sydney was given up for adoption at birth. Later, she meets someone in London to help her find out who she really is.<    >

THE NINE BILLION NAMES OF GOD

DirectorDominique Filhol

Country: France

1957, New York. A Tibetan monk rents an automatic sequence computer. The monks seek to list all of the names of God. They hire two Westerners to install and program the machine in Tibet… This short film is based on the book by Arthur C. Clarke.  >

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THE TERRIBLE TALE OF HENRIETTA TATE

DirectorTom Beckwith Phillips

Country: UK

Enslaved by her captors and battling with amnesia, Bubble Girl, a corporate mascot to a popular drink, is wrongfully imprisoned for theft on a train journey. Thrown into the prisoner’s car, her memory begins to return, and the terrible truth of her past is revealed with spectacular consequences.<    >

THIRD KIND

DirectorYorgos Zois

Country: Croatia, Greece

Earth has been abandoned a long time now and the human race has found refuge in outer space. Three new archaeologists return to Earth to investigate where a mysterious five tone signal is coming from.

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European Documentary

IN THE DARK ROOM

DirectorLuigi Abanto Varese

Country: Spain

A meeting with the famous Spanish photographer, Cristina Garcia Rodero, member of the Magnum Photos Agency. A conversation rescued from the box of all those visual memories that come to mind while processing my photos in the solitude of the Dark Room.

NO LIES

Directors: Carlo Hofmann, Dietrich Heller

Country: Austria

“No Lies” is a short-documentary about quality journalism and fake news.

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THE QUIET REBEL

DirectorCarole Cassier

Country: France

The controversial story of radical feminist artist Casey Jenkins: her rise to internet fame, and the shame after a particular performance.

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Non-European Dramatic Feature

CELESTE

Director: Ben Hackworth

Country: Australia

Hidden from the world at a crumbling estate in lush tropical Far North Queensland, Celeste anxiously reaches out to Jack, her late husband’s son, inviting him to return to the languid, sprawling family home for her much-anticipated recital. Jack’s reappearance after a long absence stirs up unsettling memories, pulling them both into a mutually precarious orbit.

IN GOD I TRUST

Director: Maja Zdanowski

Country: Canada

Redemption, violence and faith define a young black man, a reckless white nationalist and a pair of travelling vacationers during a random encounter within Northern Idaho, in this suspenseful drama by Maja Zdanowski. First time director Maja Zdanowski wastes no time taking us deep into the unpredictable and intense realities of race and religion in America. Maja’s captivating vision and depiction into what truly makes her real-life characters tick – will put you at the edge of your seat.

THAT DISAPPEARANCE

DirectorHiro Kano

Country: Japan

The talented detective Matsui is investigating a serial stalker, who has a new victim – a third female. When the thread of the case connects Matsui with deep scars from his past, tragedy ensues.

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Non-European Dramatic Short

A STONE’S THROW

DirectorLuke Wissell

Country: Australia

After a truck driver is killed by a rock thrown from an overpass, teenage schoolgirl Hannah runs from the scene and is hit by a car. Looking after her in a hospital, the parents are torn between protecting their daughter at all costs and doing what is right.

HUMAN SUN

DirectorCarl Bird McLaughlin

Country: USA

The sun, it is our star, and it is always burning. Imagine yourself as that ball of fire. Emitting light not just for yourself, but for all to feel.<    >

OVER THE WALL

DirectorRoy Zafrani

Country: USA

A coincidental meeting between an Israeli boy and a Palestinian boy leads them to discover that reality is different than what they have been told.

 

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SALVADOR

DirectorManuel Paz Ochoa

Country: USA

In the desperate act to save a young boys life, a Doctor helps facilitate an illegal organ donation from a third world country and is then haunted by its implications.

SIKLUS

Director: Louis Minnaar

Country: South Africa

In deep deep space, even straight lines are circles and the universe a merry-go-round. Siklus is the story of love and time and space… and everything in between.

SKIN

Director: Guy Nattiv

Country: USA

A small supermarket in a blue-collar town, a black man smiles at a 10-year-old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.

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STREAM(S)

Director: Lance Heybrock

Country: USA

Two men; one of them sensitive and nervous, the other bolstered and confident, engage in a battle of streams and ego in a public restroom.

THE MASTER OF CUCHILLO

DirectorRodrigo S. Gonzalez

Country: Mexico

The Master of Cuchillo tells a story of chef Timoteo who knows what he doesn’t want, he decrees surpassed his love and obsession of juggling knives, his only great talent, but an unexpected trigger awakens his obsession exposing him to death.< >

THE MOUSE

DirectorLiat Akta

Country: Israel

A hard-working family in an Israeli suburb in the seventies. Through the kids’ point of view, we follow the message adults deliver to their children and how that shapes the adults they’ll become.

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THE SCORPION’S TALE

DirectorJhosimar Vasquez

Country: USA

Greed, revenge and death all impact one another in this taught crime drama. Nothing is what it seems in this film written and produced by Maximiliano Hernández and directed by newcomer Jhosimar Vasquez.

THE SHIPMENT

DirectorBobby Bala

Country: USA

Unable to afford the repairs to his old broken ship, a struggling interplanetary transporter becomes stranded with his young daughter on a wretched spaceport as his morality is put to the ultimate test.

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Non-European Documentary

A WORK IN PROGRESS: ALBERT MILGROM’S CINEMA JOURNEY

DirectorPhilip Harder

Country: USA

At age 96 Al Milgrom, a lifelong film fanatic, professor and entrepreneur, has been working for over 60 years filming around world at times and places which were restricted to the public.

DRUMMER GIRL

Director: Sophie Hexter

Country: Australia

Renee Kelly is a prodigious rock drummer, who’s also completely blind. Moving between past reflections and future dreams, Renee’s story reveals a passionate and determined artist, set to a bold musical score.

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WOMEN OF THE GULAG

DirectorMarianna Yarovskaya

Country: USA

Women of the Gulag features six women in their eighties and nineties as they tell their stories while going about their daily lives in remote Urals villages, in break-away Sukhumi, or in Moscow suburbs.

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Student Film

BEHIND THE DREAM

DirectorChih-Yuan Lu

Country: Taiwan

We follow the main protagonist Lin Hsian’s dream before his death. He incarnates himself as a young actor Lin-Wu who plays the role of a detective called Wu, who’s investigating the reason behind the death of a 13-year-old teenage star.

BUTTERFLY DAUGHTER

DirectorViktoria Szemeredy

Country: Hungary

A 12-year-old girl leaves a reformatory to join her elder sister and her grandmother in a remote village. She is desperate to get back to her mother and turns to social media to get in touch with her.  But a child in need of care and attention is an easy prey for a criminal lurking behind a false profile.

CHANDELIER

DirectorAntonis Glaros

Country: Greece

Menis Nolakis, an army officer, is trapped in a dark box. Soon he realizeS that it is his coffin, on his funeral day. He will inevitably come face to face with all the important people of his life for the final encounter… and the twists and turns are just around the corner of Hades.

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ENOUGH

Director: Anna Mantzaris

Country: UK

Moments of lost self-control.

 

LEAD

DirectorBenjamin Leichtenstern

Country: Germany

Bavaria 1866. Alois has lost his will to live, marked by the brutal fights of the war, and shuts himself away from the outside world into the cold mountains. When the deserted Friedrich steals his life’s savings, Alois’ spirits are revived.

PIG HEART

Director: Artjom Baranov

Country: Germany

Elli has a heart disease. She urgently needs a transplant, or she’ll die. There is no hope in finding one, but a heart specialist has a new idea: transplanting the heart of a genetically modified pig. Elli’s mother wants to risk trying, but Elli, being vegan, says no.

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REVERIE

DirectorPhilip Louis Piaget Rodriguez

Country: Denmark

Deep in the harsh countryside, where life fades with every breath, a boy tormented with grief battles an inescapable beast.

SEX ED

DirectorAlice Seabright

Country: UK

Ed teaches Sex Education in schools, a job he usually loves. But today, it’s the last thing he wants to do.

SOLITAIRE

DirectorElena Brodach

Country: Russia

Alexandra, a French architect working on a significant project in Moscow, is an intelligent, driven and independent career woman. But when her life’s desire turns to having a child, and with her biological clock ticking, she is suddenly faced with a serious choice: does she have the time to wait for love or must she take responsibility to have a child alone?

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THE FIFTH OF JULY

DirectorMelissa Roukoz

Country: Lebanon

On his bulldozer, the old Bchara, surrounded by weapons and bloodshed remains a man of great convictions by only burying the dead bodies left by the war.

*This film comes from our Festival partner The Notre Dame University-Louaize International Film Festival

THE FOUR OF US

DirectorDaria Locher

Country: Switzerland

Shot on the hunt, the short film deals with the dynamics of a group and its consequences. The roles of the hunters and the filmmaker are mixed up and the individual perspectives on the events are influenced by each other.

VONNIS

DirectorWalt Bladt

Country: Belgium

After selling his cattle, Linus’s loneliness takes over and slowly his reality turns into a nightmare.

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WELCOME TO PARIS

Director: Joon Ho Moon

Country: France

A divorced woman, Clodette, stops by a small isolated gas station on her way to Paris. Clodette comes across a Syrian woman who begs her for some coins and ignores her. Suddenly, the Syrian woman violently tries to wrestle Clodette, who escapes the gas station driving away. After she drove few miles away from the gas station, Clodette finds out why she was attacked by the Syrian woman.

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Arab Special Selection

BEFORE WE HEAL

Director: Nadim Hobeika

Country: Lebanon

Saleem and Raya meet at Raya’s place. Saleem enters the toilet and somehow gets stuck. Between the inside and the outside, trials and disappointments, laughter and hope, memories and screams, are all being shared at the doorstep.

FACES IN THE SUN

Director: Farah Shaer

Country: Lebanon, USA

Batoul, an apprentice prayer surrogate, doubts the reason why her mentor asked her to have an off day from work. This doubt leads her back to the office and down a path with unexpected consequences.

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RÜYA

DirectorCarlos Haidamous

Country: Lebanon

Desperate to see her parent’s face, a young girl learns dream control in an attempt to meet them for the first time.

THE SHADOW OF CAIRO

Director: Tara Shehata

Country: UK, Egypt

After her mother’s death, Maya, an ordinary Egyptian girl, sets out to become a Superhero vigilante.

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VEILED

Director: Tala Nahas

Country: UK

All of time is shrouded in the mystery of the Jinn, the unseen veiled figures with the power to possess humans. Whilst looking for answers about the death of her father, photographer Valerie is unknowingly drawn into the most unholy of love triangles.

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European Music Video

BIRTHPLACE

Directors: Jorik Dozy, Sil van der Woerd

Country: Indonesia, Netherlands

The symbolic story of a man arriving on a perfect Earth, who encounters his nemesis in the form of ocean pollution.

CELLO

DirectorAlberto Nacci

Country: Italy

The relationship between a Swiss musician, Alessandra Doninelli, and her musical instrument, the cello.

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GAME LOVER

DirectorRoman Przylipiak

Country: Poland

Young woman after a quarrel with a man comes out on the balcony to light a cigarette. He wonders how to solve this conflict. She makes a decision and returns to the man waiting in the room at the table.

INDOCHINE – STATION 13

DirectorBouha Kazmi

Country: UK

“Station 13” depicts the representation of what initially appears to be ordinary men persecuted by society, and who are later revealed to be angels.

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KNOTS

DirectorZak Emerson

Country: UK

Music Video for Ben Chatwin’s “Knots” directed by Zak Emerson (Merman).

STRANGE JEALOUSY – CRØM-LUS

DirectorGeorgios Cherouvim

Country: UK

Inspired by nature and the behaviour of slime mold, a set of artificial agents react to the performance of the singer in an attempt to reconstruct the image and motion of the live action footage.

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SUBMISSION

DirectorSavvas Stavrou

Country: UK

Two wrestlers in love, and the toxic masculinity that tears them apart.

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European Comedy Film

JOINT CUSTODY

DirectorCarlus Fábrega

Country: Spain

Joint custody is the little story of a brief encounter between Carlos and Carmen to exchange their dear Pablito, whose custody they share. Carlos hasn’t gotten over the breakup yet, and he tries to use Pablo to reconnect with Carmen, although the differences between them are already insurmountable.< >

LE MAL BLEU

DirectorsAnaïs Tellenne, Zoran Boukherma

Country: France

Even though Marie-Pierre is very self-confident, she has an unhealthy jealousy. It’s been months since she last satisfied her husband, Jean-Louis, and although he is a docile man, she is convinced that he will eventually cheat on her.

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PATER FAMILIAS

Director: Giacomo Boeri

Country: Italy

August is a man about 50 years old. Home alone, he finds his teenage son’s forgotten cell phone, and that’s when he decides to join a game – involving mainly trying to find ways to take a picture of himself.

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European Experimental Film

EL HOR

Director: Dianne Lucille Campbell

Country: UK

Through the interspecies gaze we observe one of the most ancient and highly honoured dog breeds, the Saluki. Guiding us in love, preparing us in death and transforming us in life.

STILL LIVES

DirectorElli Vuorinen

Country: Finland

Still Lives is an experimental stop motion animation starring traditional figurines from folk art from various times and places. Accompanied by a soundtrack of narrators facing the pressures of modern life, these characters explore the theme of busy stillness from different points of view in seven separate scenes: a couple on an antique bridal box breaks up, turning into tinder; an ancient statue in a glass showcase grows tired of hearing about the dynamic potential of shared workspaces, and the runner on a clay jar is stuck in a never-ending workout session.

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TALKING CURE

DirectorMaren Krüger

Country: Germany

A black room, a chair, a couch and two men. They do not speak to each other, and what they don’t say, the silence reveals.

European Animated Film

AUGENBLICKE – A BLINK OF AN EYE

DirectorKiana Naghshineh

Country: Germany

Three perceptions of only one truth – hers, his and ours.

HAPPY ENDING

DirectorEunJu Ara Choi

Country: UK

Documentary animation based on the anonymous online testimony of a Korean prostitute, who explores her body and reflect on prejudices.

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INANIMATE

DirectorLucia Bulgheroni

Country: UK

Inanimate is a classic stop motion film about Katrine, who realises the fakeness in her world & how she’s a mere puppet herself.

MAMOON

Director: Ben Steer

Country: UK

Told entirely using projected animation onto polystyrene film sets, Mamoon follows the story of a mother and her infant child who are forced to leave their home when mysterious, dark figures shadows the light in which they exist. As her own light begins to fade, she is forced to use a strange red light to save her child.

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Much More Than A Script Competition

SHORT SCRIPTS<    >

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THE ERRANT SIGNAL

Author: Nik Theorin

Country: USA

A 911 operator struggles to pinpoint the origin of an otherworldly distress call.

33C

Author: John Burdeaux

Country: USA

Finally feeling that she’s getting her life back together after a period of harrowing personal problems, a wealthy New York divorcee encounters a bump on her road to recovery… in the form of a mysterious young woman who lives down the hall of her luxury East Side apartment building.

CLEMENT

Author: German Perugorria Pans

Country: Uruguay

A love between an inmate and a Catholic boy during a car trip.

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COURTESY OF THE KAISER

Author: Mark Larson

Country: USA

A squad of WWI German soldiers tasked with aiding Irish rebels during the 1916 Easter Rising must deliver a special gift from the Kaiser himself: a colossal barrel of beer.

A DREAM OF AMERICA

Author: Bo Svenson

Country: USA

Chicago, 1939.  A young immigrant couple has the American Dream within reach when circumstances beyond their control tear them away and apart forcing him, the pacifist, to fight for the land he had scorned and her to endure the loneliness of New York, until…

ARGUMENT FOR THE EXISTENCE OF THE ISLAND SAUDADIA

Author: Constantin Maier

Country: Germany

A woman, lost at sea, returns home to learn that the man who she believed rescued her and who she fell in love with was a hallucination. Unwilling to accept this circumstance, she embarks on a quest to find proof of his existence.

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