CRITIQUE DE FILM: JEUNE FEMME

  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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MOVIE REVIEW: JEUNE FEMME

  Last week I decided to brave the arctic temperatures in Paris and venture out to the cinema. I wanted to see “Jeune femme” as the woman in the trailer reminded me a little of me: a loveable mess living in Paris, not quite sure where she is going in life, but trying her best. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: PERSONAL SHOPPER

  “Uncategorizable” is how the Guardian referred to ‘Personal Shopper’ after awarding it five stars. Time magazine also praised it for being a “strange and beautifully made film.” French film director Olivier Assayas won Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The official premiere there was received by an almost five minutes […]

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SPOTLIGHT: TAIKA WAITITI

  Taika Waititi was born in Wellington in 1975. In the interceding years, he has helmed outstanding works across film, television, and Twitter, obtained a heaping helping of acclaim throughout three continents out of the possible seven, and this very year, has been dubbed the #1 person from his country of birth. Waititi, raised by […]

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SPOTLIGHT: RICHARD KELLY

  While the name might not spark immediate recognition, Richard Kelly is most famous for writing and directing cult film Donnie Darko. This was Kelly’s first feature film and received 11 awards out of 23 nominations. The release of the film followed an interesting popularity trajectory nonetheless, as it did not receive immediate praise on […]

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SPOTLIGHT: TOM HARDY

    Vous n’aurez probablement aucune difficulté à reconnaître l’homme sur cette photo. Il est incontestablement un des plus grands acteurs à Hollywood en ce moment, mais avant de devenir célèbre, il a eu des débuts très modestes comme acteur à Londres. Son ascension fulgurante a commencé après son rôle dans la minisérie sur la […]

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SPOTLIGHT: TOM HARDY

    You will probably have no problem recognising the man in this picture. He is now indisputably one of Hollywood’s biggest actors, but before he rose to fame Tom Hardy was just an actor of humble beginnings, living in London.  Tom’s steady rise to fame began after being cast in the WW2 miniseries Band […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: LOVING VINCENT

  “Loving Vincent” is a film written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman and is a story exploring the circumstances of Vincent Van Gogh’s death. The story picks up a year after his death in Arles, where a local Postman named Roulin (played by Chris O’Dowd) asks his son Armand (played by Douglas […]

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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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Women in Filmmaking

For the second consecutive year we will be presenting an award close to our heart, The Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking Award, which will go to one of the 18 female film directors that will be competing at ÉCU this year. Unfortunately, the film industry consistently fails to address its gender bias, so we push to […]

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Spotlight: Richard Ayoade

Français Richard Ayoade is most famously known for his perpetually awkward but constantly amusing role as the computer technician Maurice Moss in THE IT CROWD. He is one of the most deferential and self-deprecating men in the entertainment industry who has directed two spectacular films. They differ significantly in tone, but are equally captivating. He […]

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Spotlight: Saoirse Ronan

One of the youngest actresses to ever receive nominations for an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe, Saoirse Ronan has already had an extraordinarily impressive career at the tender age of twenty years old. Ronan, with an acting style described as both eccentric and intense, came to international eminence in 2007 with Joe Wright’s film […]

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Spotlight: Robert Pattinson

It may seem like a strange choice to spotlight an actor who reached worldwide superstardom by driving teen girls wild in the TWILIGHT films, at once one of the most popular and most reviled series in contemporary big-budget Hollywood. What could Robert Pattinson possibly have to do with the spirit of independent cinema? As it […]

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Spotlight – The Great Beauty

Français This year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film marks the record breaking 11th win for Italy in the category. Paolo Sorrentino‘s “The Great Beauty” follows on the footsteps of his great film predecessor and source of inspiration Frederico Fellini. The director follows his protagonist around Rome, which at times is enchanting, at times […]

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Spotlight – Neill Blomkamp

Since South Africa is being on the spotlight lately, ÉCU’s Spotlight this week is dedicated to a South African artist of international acclaim. And the artist in question is director Neill Blomkamp. Maybe his name doesn’t sound familiar but his work might, Blomkamp is the artist responsible behind the hit film District 9 and the 2013 Elysium amongst other projects. […]

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Spotlight – Billy Wilder

The rise of Nazi Germany during the 1930’s cast down a threatening shadow over Europe as it continued to engulf a sea of innocent victims. Billy Wilder, then a successful writer, uprooted from his home in Berlin and retreated to Paris where he sought salvation from the German forces. It was here that the Jewish […]

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Spotlight – Jean Seberg

Jean Dorothy Seberg was found lifeless in the back of her Renault with one last message to the world. Scribbled on a piece of paper next to an empty bottle of barbiturates she wrote, “Forgive me. I can no longer live with my nerves.” The American actress turned civil rights activist died at the age […]

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NURT

For the second year in a row, ÉCU is honored to be partnered with NURT Documentary Film Festival! NURT, located in Kielce, Poland, is the largest film event devoted to Polish documentaries. After 18 years, the festival’s reputation continues to grow. The festival is not lacking in historical documentaries. In fact, one of last year’s […]

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