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As The European Independent Film Festival, ÉCU never stops encouraging all independent filmmakers in every corner of the world. That’s why, this Friday Spotlight is about a man whose independent spirit leads him to a great success.

Sympathy-for-Delicious-poster-225x300Mark Ruffalo, whose bio on Twitter is «I’m a husband, father, actor, director, and a climate change advocate with an eye on a better, brighter, cleaner, more hopeful future for all of us.» was born on the 22th of November. The man who is also known for his trademark «Frequently plays like-able everyman types» was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His father is of Italian descent. His maternal grandfather was of French-Canadian ancestry, and his maternal grandmother was also of Italian descent. His father was a construction painter and his mother is a hairstylist. His three siblings (Scott, Tania, and Nicole) are all hairdressers. He did a bartender job for nearly a decade while trying to break in to show business.


ver-the-destiny-of-marty-fineTrying his hand at screenwriting, Ruffalo penned Slamdance success The Destiny of Marty Fine (1996). Ruffalo, who is also a vegetarian, achieved something of a breakthrough, by directing the indie film Sympathy For Delicious (2010), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Price. His role in the idiosyncratic domestic comedy/drama earned him Academy Award, Independent Spirit Award, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA nominations for Best Suporting Actor.

ruffalo-hulkThe man who is known for his role as Dr. Bruce Banner a.k.a The Hulk in Avengers got a quote about indie, «With indies, all they have is their script and it’s very important to them. The characters are better drawn, the stories are more precise and the experience greater than with studio films where sometimes they fill in the script as they’re shooting.»

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