SPOTLIGHT: Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau’s (1889-1963) versatile persona has left a notable mark on cinema, scenography, literature (poetry, plays, screenplays, novels, and essays) and painting. Undoubtedly,cinema and poesy combined equals a dreamer and believer, which was Cocteau. If his heritage would prove to be worthwhile, Cocteau wanted his tombstone to say: “Je début” (I begin). Instead, it is written […]

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Movie Review: Polisse

When I watched “Polisse” a few years ago, it took me a long time to get it out of my head. The story centres on a group of French police officers working in a child protection unit and shows how their work affects them psychologically. Admittedly, the film’s content is very hard-hitting, but if you think you can stomach […]

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  La semaine dernière j’ai décidé d’affronter la température glaciale de dehors et d’aller au cinéma. Je voulais aller voir « jeune femme » puisque la femme dans la bande annonce me faisait penser à moi : une fille un peu bordélique mais sympathique, qui ne sait pas où elle va dans la vie, mais qui fait de […]

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Français If it wasn’t for her last name, and, maybe, the elegant, irresistible smile, would you be able to tell that actress, director and screenwriter Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was the sister of Nicholas Sarkozy’s première dame and top model Carla? I bet at least more than half of you wouldn’t. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was born […]

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  Français   This Friday, ÉCU decides to give the spotlight to a French film director, writer and producer, who is often described as « the most Hollywood of French filmmakers ». ÉCU presents you, Luc Besson! He was born in 1959, in Paris. When he was 17 years old, he had a diving accident, it led him […]

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Spotlight – Sylvain Chomet

In this week’s spotlight we are turning our attention to the fascinating universe of animation and to one of the animation world’s most respected and acclaimed filmmakers: Sylvain Chomet. Born in France in 1963, Sylvain Chomet spent the majority of his free time during childhood perfecting his cartoonish drawing style and followed an education path […]

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