SPOTLIGHT: ÁLEX DE LA IGLESIA

  Álex de la Iglesia, récemment protagoniste d’un hommage au festival de Gérardmer en janvier, est un réalisateur espagnol né le 4 décembre 1965 à Bilbao. Il est l’un des cinéastes espagnols le plus connu hors l’Espagne. Il commence avec des études de philosophie qui ne lui plaisent pas, il les arrête et se dirige vers […]

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Spotlight: James Ivory

Before I begin recanting his extraordinary life and career, I would firstly like to thank James Ivory for  single-handedly ending my quarter-life crisis. For, like many in their early twenties, I spent a long time feeling utterly lost, only too aware of the milestones I had not yet completed by 23. However, after achieving his […]

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Spotlight: Ryan Coogler

Even with the boundless new talent present in cinema today, it would be difficult to find an up-and-coming filmmaker with a track record quite as astonishing as Ryan Coogler’s. With just three feature films under his belt, he has managed to tell three outstandingly engaging and intimate stories, contribute to two major franchises, and thread […]

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SPOTLIGHT: GURINDER CHADHA

  Seeing as Gurinder Chadha has just won this year’s Women and Hollywood trailblazer award, we thought it was as good a time as any to do a spotlight at her!  Being a feminist icon, we definitely think that she’s a worthy subject of our spotlight feature! If you can’t recall who she is, let […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Pilou Asbæk

  Pilou Asbæk, est connu pour ses performances étonnamment convaincantes dans le cinéma danois et récemment ses travailles ont projeté dans l’écran international. Parcequ’il est un comédien qui vient de un petit pays, Asbæk a dû laisser de la mentalité traditionnelle des pays nordiques, connu sous le nom “Jantelov” derrière lui pour embrasser son propre […]

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Un accent sur un prix d’ÉCU: L’excellence du cinéma arabe

ÉCU – Le festival européen du film indépendant – à toujours été un grand promoteur de la découverte et la célébration du cinéma indépendant non seulement européen mais mondial. Tout au long des 15 années que nous avons maintenant existé dans le monde du cinéma indépendant, nous avons été constamment impressionnés par le calibre, la […]

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Spotlight: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is one of the most successful French directors of the modern era. His distinctive, whimsical style that can be described as a throwback to cinematic impressionism renders his oeuvre instantly recognizable. Of the several unique trademarks which characterize his films – including a focus on objects, the creation of quirky characters and the […]

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Tannaz Hazemi – Writer / Director Extraordinaire

 Français ©  Photo provided by Elizabeth Bruneau TANNAZ HAZEMI was born in Teheran and escaped with her family to Sweden as a refugee.  After leaving Sweden, she moved to the States and graduated high school in Chicago. Tannaz has published a book on music with MTV Italy,  worked as a freelance journalist and later as on-camera […]

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SPOTLIGHT – JONATHAN LEVINE

Français What is happy, sad, and weird at the same time? Above all things, life. And with these things comes director Jonathan Levine, who can tackle multi-dimensional layers and churn them with a gooey center of complexities when he tries. A native New Yorker, Levine honed his faceted style in agreement with a Jewish upper-middle […]

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SPOTLIGHT – SEBASTIAN SCHIPPER

Français Is it possible to shoot a full-feature film in one single take and still succeed to make a broad audience watch it and like it? German filmmaker and actor Sebastian Schipper proved you can do it! When his newest film “Victoria” came out this summer, it blew the spectators mind’s twice. Firstly, by delivering […]

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SPOTLIGHT – CHANTAL AKERMAN

Français Sadly Chantal Akerman passed away this week (5th October 2015), so we wanted to honour her by dedicating this week’s spotlight article to her, to remember the achievements of the Belgian filmmaker and her substantial influence on feminist filmmaking and avant garde cinema. Chantal Anne Akerman, whose occupations included artist, film director, professor, screenwriter, […]

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Workshops 2015

Workshop #1: Trends in financing and budgeting Independent films and International Sales Where: Les 7 Parnassiens (Grande Salle) When: Saturday, April 11th // 10:30 – 11:30 The topic of this workshop is sourcing finance for English-language independent films, dealing with sales agents, and selling independent films on the international markets. Gareth Jones is an industry veteran with over […]

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Spotlight: Marius Ivaškevičius

Français Christmas holiday is inevitably approaching and while everybody is busy preparing for it, we though about presenting several directors, or more their particular movies, that might be an interesting replacement for a mainstream Christmas-like movies, that are watched over and over every year. As such, this week we would like to draw your attention […]

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Spotlight: Ken Loach

Known for his naturalistic directing style, this British director has been inspiring the film world for many years. He is always faithful to his mission to direct films, which deal with social issues such as homelessness and labor rights. Not only is his choice of subjects unique, but also his philosophy of filmmaking still stands […]

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Spotlight: Dariush Mehrjui

Modern Iranian cinema begins with Dariush Mehrjui. He was the founding member of the Iranian New Wave movement by introducing symbolism, realism and the sensibilites of cinema to the Iranian audience. His films were internationally praised because he wasn’t afraid to address taboo subjects in order to let the world know what’s going on in […]

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Spotlight – Sarah Polley

Canadian Sarah Polley is a triple threat: actress, director, and activist. Polley first broke into the film world by acting in series such as Ramona and Road to Avonlea. Her stellar roles in Straight Up and in the 1997 film The Sweet Hereafter, were what brought her considerable attention in the United States. She won the Gemini Award for Best Performance in […]

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Spotlight – Mia Hansen-Løve

This week our spotlight focuses on Mia Hansen-Løve, a young but already acknowledged French filmmaker within the world of independent cinema. Mia is just 32 years old and is currently working on her fourth feature film called Eden that will be released next year. Director and screenwriter, Mia Hansen-Løve, started her career in 1998 as […]

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Spotlight – Gianfranco Rosi

This week we will be focusing on film director Gianfranco Rosi and his most recent achievement, prestigious Golden Lion award for the best film at the Venice Film Festival 2013 that he won with his documentary film Sacro GRA. An important fact to begin with is that the film was a first documentary to win […]

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