Selection of eight short films to kick off festival on Friday the 13th of March, 2009.

PARIS, FRANCE (5 March, 2009) – The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, will screen eight short films at it’s opening ceremony on Friday the 13th of March 2009 at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, site François Mitterrand,in Paris, France.

  • ‘Voyage D’Affaires’ directed by Sean Ellis. A startling comedy starring Guillaume Canet and Mélanie Laurent. (France)
  • ‘Intercom’ directed by Mark Gutteridge. Life, death and shared cameras are the foundations of modernity. Starring Mark Warren and Jenny Agutter. (UK)
  •  ‘Muto’directed by Blu. A can of paint and city walls become a living, breathing character. (Italy)
  • ‘Glore’ directed by Ingo Walde and Sermin Kaynak. Fashion conscious ecology.(Germany)
  • ‘Sale Timing’ directed by Oliver Barma. A dark and suspenseful police station drama where the gun is king. (France)
  • ‘Candy Darling’directed by Silvia DeFrance. Mind-opening surrealist fantasy.(Belguim)
  • ‘Wunderkammer’, directed by Andrea Pallaoro. Life in a small apartment surrounded by beauty is too real to be reality. (USA)
  • ‘Don’t Let It All Unravel’ directed by Sarah Cox.  An animated film that begs environmental awareness. (UK)

These films demonstrate the diversity of cinematic style that will be showcased at theBibliothèque Nationale de France, site François-Mitterrand on the 13th, 14th and 15th of March 2009. Over three days ÉCU will screen 106 films from 26 countries as they compete for 16 awards including ‘Europe’s Best Independent Film’. The winners will be announced at the ÉCU 2009 Awards Ceremony on Sunday the 15th of March 2009 at 20:00.

Press are invited to attend the opening press conference and cocktail party on Friday 13th March at 18:00 in the Salle Belvedere on the 18th floor of the Bnf. The opening ceremony and film screenings will follow at 19:30 in the Grand Auditorium. 

Running alongside the screenings will be a series of workshops on scriptwriting, editing, acting and digital distribution methodology. ‘Meet-the-Directors’ sessions will be held throughout the weekend and are open to the public.

Since its inception four years ago, ÉCU has proved to be a discovery point for many of Europe’s talented independent filmmakers who are driven by the passion to make great cinema, but don’t benefit from large production budgets.

For more information and a full list of the 2009 Official Selection, go towww.ecufilmfestival.com

Additional Opening Films Information

Famous Faces:
French film stars Guillaume Canet and Mélanie Laurent lead French film ‘Voyage D’Affaires’ by director Sean Ellis. The film will splash the festival opening with humour and perfect comic timing, telling the story of a young business man, who in the midst of heartbreak, finds a photo of a naked woman with her phone number in his hotel room. Seasoned and widely popular actors will also appear in the British film ‘Intercom’. Mark Warren and Jenny Agutter head a cast in a film that explores communication between tenants in a London block of flats and the moment they all meet up via the building’s intercom.

A Green Coloured Festival:
The theme of ecological cinema has a new and striking place in ÉCU 2009 with the introduction of the category, Ecology Now! German film Glore, falls into this group of films and through it, directors Ingo Walde and Sermin Kaynak make a stand for globally responsible fashion and encourage the use of environmentally friendly and organic fabrics. British film ‘Don’t Let It All Unravel’, is a two-minute knitted warning, that shows a  colourful woven world unraveling and asks as it does, that we stop the disappearance of our own world through environmental destruction.

Surreal Animation:
Award winning film ‘Muto’ is an ambiguous and surrealistic animation from Italian director Blu. Utilizing the public walls of Baden and Buenos Aires, Blu creates a mesmerizing world of moving art that is stunning in its unique creativity.

Striking Drama:
French dramatic short ‘Sale Timing’ tells the story of a depressed cop who feels like ending his life but a stranger wants to help, in this film by Oliver Barma.‘Wunderkammer’, an American film from director Andrea Pallaoro explores the codependence of a mother and son who struggle to live- alongside a spectacular menagerie of birds- in a world that bears no exit.

As part of the festivals loyalty to truly independent cinema, Belgium film ‘Candy Darling’will also be screened. This Freudian ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is described by director Silvia DeFrance as being ‘like a fun park ride, but for adults’. The film takes the viewer on a surreal journey through a fantasy world.


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