Spotlight: Guy Maddin

Screened at festivals around the world, Guy Maddin’s The Green Fog (2017) is one of his best experiments to date, a recreation of Hitchcock’s Vertigo through a dizzying collage of famous films and TV shows set in San Francisco. The resulting cinematic spree is as much an ode to the possibilities of avant-garde film as it […]

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Spotlight: Guy Maddin

Présenté dans des festivals du monde entier, The Green Fog de Guy Maddin (2017) est sa meilleure expérimentation à ce jour. Un hommage à Vertigo de Hitchcock, il recrée le célèbre histoire de mystère à travers un collage vertigineux d’une douzaine de longs métrages différents également mis en place à San Francisco. Étonnamment, rien ne […]

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Movie Review: Wren boys

Wren Boys, Harry Lighton’s tale of a very unlikely love from Cork, Ireland will be played during Session 2 on Saturday May 5th in the Grande Salle at the cinema les 7 Parnassiens, Paris. To begin, the opening scene starts with a catholic priest ushering the importance of tradition during his sermon, as the scene […]

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Critique du film: Wren Boys

Wren Boys de Harry Lighton conte d’un amour très improbable à Cork, Irlande. Il sera joué pendant la Session 2 du Samedi 5 mai dans la Grande Salle au cinéma Les 7 Parnassiens, Paris. La scène d’ouverture commence avec un prêtre catholique qui souligne l’importance de la tradition pendant son sermon, comme la scène transcende, […]

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Spotlight: Reese Witherspoon

Faisant partie des meilleures actrices, et pouvant se vanter d’un éblouissant panels de prix, Reese Witherspoon est sans doute l’une des actrices les plus respectées aujourd’hui. A ÉCU, nous admirons particulièrement Witherspoon pour son rôle productif dans la co- production Pacific Standard: une plateforme defendant une plus grande visibilité des films réalisés par des femmes. […]

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Critique du Film: 6ate7

Le film 6ate7 sera présenté dans le cadre de notre festival lors de la soirée d’ouverture ; il se déroule dans l’appartement d’un couple australien, pendant la nuit de leur septième anniversaire. Réalisé par Maggie Kiley, ce film montre Tim et Emma à travers ce qui commence comme une nuit de célébration de leur temps […]

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Movie Review: 6ate7

Set in the apartment of an Australian couple on the night of their seventh anniversary is 6ate7, a film to be featured in our festival on opening night. Directed by Maggie Kiley, this film follows Tim and Emma through what begins as a night of celebration of their time spent together. As the night progresses, […]

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Spotlight: Michelangelo Antonioni

Michelangelo Antonioni, the neo-realismo influenced Italian director which escaped the confining film regulations, setting fire to preconceptions and paved his own road for success. There is a sense of indifference that critics have towards him, this timid irreverence has surrounded his career for years, but now more than ever he is being recognized for his […]

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Spotlight: Michelangelo Antonioni

Michelangelo Antonioni, le réalisateur italien influencé par le néoréalisme et qui cherchait à se libérer de toute contrainte filmique, a défié les préconceptions, ce qui lui a permis d’accéder au succès, qui est tout à fait unique. En dépit de l’indifférence que les critiques ont démontrée envers son œuvre – ni l’appréciation enthousiasmée, ni une […]

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ÉCU s’associe avec Arab Cinema Center!

  Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer que Le Prix Ahmed Khedr pour l’Excellence dans la Réalisation de Films Arabes sera désormais présenté en collaboration avec le Centre du Cinéma Arabe (ACC – Arab Cinema Center). On a décidé de créer cette catégorie en 2013 car nous avons été étonnés par le niveau des films participants issus […]

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FILM REVIEW: MOTHER!

  One need only to look at film reviews for “Mother!” to realise that the film has been polarizing to say the least. On the one hand it’s been lauded: ”no gob left unsmacked in Jennifer Lawrence’s anxiety dream of horror and dismay.” (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian) and on the other hand it’s been called “the […]

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UNA GUNJAK – BONA FIDE STORYTELLER

Una Gunjak is a London-based film editor who was born in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1986.  She graduated with a BA in Film Studies at the Universita’ degli Studi di Torino in 2008 after which she earned an MA in Editing at the National Film and Television School in 2010.  Describing […]

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Award Winners – ÉCU 2016

The Independent European Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces its 25 award winners for 2016. After screening, 77 films from 31 countries over the past 3 days it all comes down to one moment: the Award Ceremony. Films competed across 14 categories and were judged according to their quality, creativity, and independent spirit in […]

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ÉCU THROWBACK REVIEW – THE BEACH

Français If Lord of the Flies came to life with good-looking adults, it’d be Danny Boyle’s The Beach. And in case the book is left dustily in your memory of high school required reading material as it is on your shelf, here’s the short: a group of kids are left unsupervised on an island and […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MICHEL OCELOT

  Français   This Friday’s genre is animation! ÉCU wants to give the Spotlight to the creative and artistic man, the creator of the awesome masterpieces in the animation world like Kirikou et La Sorcière and Azur et Asmar, Michel Ocelot, who treats his works truly from his heart and soul! Michel Ocelot is a French […]

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SPOTLIGHT – CLINT EASTWOOD

  Français   We can’t speak about film industry without taking Clint Eastwood into account! He was born on May 31th, 1930 in San Francisco, California. Before becoming the person he is now, he worked as a logger and truck driver. In 1950, he was called in by the Army Special Services while he met the […]

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Spotlight- Paul Thomas Anderson

Français   This week’s spotlight covers the director of BOGGIE NIGHTS, Paul Thomas Anderson. Encouraged by his father, Paul began making films at a young age. Using the money he saved from working at a pet store, he made his first 30 minute mockumentary at 17 years old. After two semesters in college, Paul made a […]

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INTERVIEWS WITH ÉCU 2015 FILMMAKERS

Interviews with ÉCU 2015 Filmmakers Who are these incredible filmmakers that are behind all the wonderful films of ÉCU 2015 Official Selection? During the 10th edition of The European Independent Film Festival, ÉCU Team worked hard not to loose the possibility to interview these amazing storytellers. Some filmmakers who were not attendance, the team is […]

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