Movie Review: Call Me By Your Name

“Call Me By Your Name” has been revered by critics and movie-lovers everywhere. James Ivory has won many an accolade (most recently an Oscar at last Sunday’s ceremony!) for penning its stunning script. Timothée Chalamet has received nothing but acclaim for his exceptional portrayal of the film’s protagonist “Elio”. So much so, you can barely […]

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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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Movie Review: On the Beach At Night Alone

  Art and life have overlapped in the cinema many a time, but rarely do they achieve the proximity one finds in Hong Sang-soo’s latest work On the Beach at Night Alone. In response to the obsessive media coverage in South Korea of his affair with actress Kim Min-hee, Hong has crafted a film-confession in […]

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SPOTLIGHT: JIA ZHANGKE

  Jia Zhangke is a prominent name in Chinese independent film industry, whose films have received critical praise and have been recognized internationally. In his films, Jia tends to focus on humanity and narrate stories in a documentary way rather than using magic realism. His films treat themes of alienated youth, contemporary Chinese history and globalization. […]

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Movie review: Last Men in Aleppo

  Last men in Aleppo is a brutal, emotionally overwhelming true story of the last humanitarian fighters in Aleppo who risk their lives in a failing society. We follow Khaled (Umar Harah) who is a part of The Syrian Civil Defence also known as The White Helmets – a volunteer organisation that operates in parts […]

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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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MOVIE REVIEW: From Afar

  A sexually subversive and darkly violent drama set in the perilous streets of Caracas, From Afar (2015), marks the first feature film from Venezuelan filmmaker Lorenzo Vigas, whose gripping debut is self-consciously marked by violent physical beatings, sexual voyeurism and internalized homophobia that vividly characterizes the age discordant relationship the film’s troubled paramours. The […]

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ÉCU goes to Naperville Independent Film Festival

  Now that the autumn season is quickly on our heels and a number of our impressive and innovative partnerships will be hosting their annual film festival functions in the coming months – comprising of eclectic film screenings, interactive workshops and distinguished panel discussions – we are thrilled to announce the return of the 9th […]

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SAM KADI – The lost truth of the Syrian uprising

LITTLE GANDHI by SAM KADI (Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, USA), Arab Special Section Sunday morning / April 10th / 7 Parnassiens, 14:08 There is a large chance that we will hear or read the word ‘Syria’, at least once a day. Whether we are reading it in the newspapers, or hearing it on the news, we cannot […]

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Launch Party Activities

ÉCU 2016 LAUNCH PARTY ACTIVITIES Here’s the program for the soirée: – 08:15 p.m. : Presentation of the festival – 08:35 p.m. : MILKY WAY – 09:30 p.m. : Festival’s President and manager speeches and introduction of the filmmakers – 09:45 p.m. : THE SANDCHERRIES – 10:40 p.m. : TARA WHO? – 11:30 p.m. : […]

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SPOTLIGHT – DOMHNALL GLEESON

Français If you have seen even only a few of the acclaimed films of 2015, the chances are that you have seen him. A hint: he is a ginger. Yes, we are talking about none other than the Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson. It was a very productive year for him. For starters, Gleeson starred in a brilliant sci- fi thriller […]

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ÉCU – IN – LANDSBERG

Français This week, ÉCU is excited to fly to Germany to attend Snowdance Film Festival. Two years ago Europe saw the birth of this new, independent film festival which has his headquarters in Landsberg am Lech in Bavaria, Germany. Its aim, from the beginning, is to support brave, independent films that received little or no […]

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SPOTLIGHT – HOU HSIAO HSIEN

Français At the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, Hou Hsiao-hsien won his first Award director for “The Assassin.” After being nominated six times to Cannes, this award comes late for him. At 68 years old, Hou Hsiao-hsien is one of the most important Asian filmmakers of this generation. Hou Hsiao-hsien began his film career in 1973. […]

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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 – 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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