What is independent film, really?

  So what exactly makes a film an independent film? Well, the answer is actually a little more complicated than you might think. By definition, an independent film is one that is produced outside of the major film studio system. Okay… getting a little closer to an answer, but what constitutes the “major film studio […]

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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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ÉCU Official Selection 2018

  The 13th edition of ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival will showcase 81 films from 37 countries on May 4th, 5th, 6th 2018 in Paris, France. European Dramatic Feature  European Dramatic Short European Documentary Non-European Dramatic Feature Non-European Dramatic Short Non-European Documentary Student Film Arab Special Selection European Music Video European Comedy Film Experimental Film […]

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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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Movie Review: Don’t Breathe.

It’s always satisfying to see when a low-budget movie is smashing the box office from its first day of release. DON’T BREATHE has no big stars, no fancy location and was made on a small budget, yet it surprised everyone. Although there is no clear recipe to success, like baking a cake, it always helps […]

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Spotlight: Timothée Chalamet

The phrase “breakout year” and the name Timothée go together like peaches and cream. All it took was one year or us all to come to know (and love) him. Released toward the end of 2017, the film “Ladybird” struck a chord with many audiences, but specifically Chalamet’s performance, short yet significant (he plays the […]

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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: 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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SPOTLIGHT: PAUL DANO

  Le spotlight de cette semaine est dédié à Paul Dano, le chouchou des films indépendants. Né en 1984 à New York, il a commencé à être comédien il y a 23 ans, en jouant dans une pléthore des milieux et en dépictant un large spectre des personnages. Mais quelque chose reste constant parmi ses […]

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SPOTLIGHT: PAUL DANO

  This week’s spotlight is dedicated to indie film darling Paul Dano. Born in 1984 in New York City, he’s been an actor for over two thirds of his life, across a plethora of mediums, depicting a wide spectrum of characters. But one thing remains constant across his dozens of roles: passion. Dano got his […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE KILLING OF A SECRET DEER

  Though shrouded in enigmas, Yorgos Lanthimos’ disturbing new film leaves a simple question lingering in the mind: Why, of all things, is it called “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”? Seemingly irrelevant as one watches the film unfold, the darkly allusive title is, in fact, at the very heart of the drama’s uncanny logic. […]

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SPOTLIGHT: JIA ZHANGKE

    Jia Zangke est un réalisateur important dans l’industrie de films indépendants Chinois, dont les films ont reçu des louanges et ont été reconnu mondialement. Dans ses films, Jia a tendance à se concentrer sur l’humanité et à raconter des histoires dans un style documentaire plutôt qu’utiliser le réalisme magique. Ses films traitent sur […]

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QUOI FAIRE À PARIS EN NOVEMBRE

  C’est chouette d’être à Paris en novembre! Lorsque le temps commence à se rafraîchir il y a de moins en moins de touristes, donc c’est le moment idéal de se rendre aux musées et cinémas de la ville. Il ne fait pas encore trop froid, donc c’est le moment parfait de sortir de sa […]

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CRITIQUE DU FILM: DANS LE NOIR

  Que faire quand on est un réalisateur plein d’idées mais pas de financement pour faire son film ? On le fait à la maison, avec sa femme pour zéro euro. En tout cas, c’est ce qu’a fait David F. Sandberg. L’idée du film est simple : Lotta Lotsen (la femme du réalisateur) semble voir une silhouette monstrueuse […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: LIGHTS OUT

  What do you do if you have a strong idea for a short film but no funding to make it? You make it yourself at home, in your flat, with your wife. This is what David F. Sandberg did anyway. The concept of his story is very simple: Lotta Lotsen (the film director’s wife) switches […]

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SPOTLIGHT: ABDELLATIF KECHICHE

  Whether you idolize him, vilify him, or are torn about your views on him — there is no denying that Abdellatif Kechiche has made a profound and lasting mark on the French filmmaking world. With his characteristically long yet ambitious takes, his search for beauty in realism, and his passionate political engagement, Kechiche has become […]

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SPOTLIGHT: ABDELLATIF KECHICHE

  Que vous le critiquiez, l’idolâtriez ou que vous soyez indécis de vos opinions sur lui, on ne peut nier qu’Abdellatif Kechiche a marqué profondément et durablement le monde cinématographique français. Avec son style caractéristique de longs mais ambitieux plans, sa quête de la beauté dans le réalisme, et son engagement politique passionné,  Kechiche est […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE FLORIDA PROJECT

  Vibrant, daring, and emotionally devastating, The Florida Project will completely capture your heart before it breaks it. Its 7-year-old star Brooklynn Prince plays Moonee, an irresistible ball of energy living with her ex-stripper mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) in a rundown motel called The Magic Castle on the outskirts of Disney World. It’s a glaringly ironic name […]

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