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ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent films from around the world. We are a festival who believes in our independent filmmakers and their artistic talents. ÉCU proudly provides a unique platform that brings together diverse audiences who are hungry for something other than major studio productions and original and innovative filmmakers.
The 9th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival took place in Paris, France in the early spring of 2014, April 4-6.
For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at www.ecufilmfestival.com.
Meet Indie Filmmaker: TARANTYNO
On set, Director Mircea Nestor (left) Antonia Micu (middle) and Bogdan Cotleț (right).
We speak to Romanian director Mircea Nestor about his recent submission to ECU’s European Dramatic Short category,
By Mairi Cunningham
Q: Firstly, tell me what your film is about and where your inspiration for the story lies.
Q: There is a definite shock value in the way your story unfolds. The humorous dialogue between the two brothers at the beginning coupled with the banality of their existence renders Tarantyno’s actions even more disturbing. Was this ‘shock value’ something you specifically set out to achieve?
Well, no. It was just a matter of "what fits best in the grand design" sort
Actor Bogdan Cotlet in the role of Tarantyno.
Q: Is there significance in the focus you place on the material goods (e.g. the car, mobile phone and Tarantyno’s metal cigarette case)?
I thought the cigarette case would be a nice idea, like a little extra
Q: Explain a bit about the father figure in the film (or lack of). Do Tarantyno’s actions ultimately stem from a need to prove himself within a very ‘macho’ family culture?
I suppose that would be where it all stems from, yes. The little back
Q: Perhaps this is the wrong reaction, but when watching your film I was torn between disgust at Tarantyno’s final act and sympathy towards him, particularly because of the way he is treated by his older brother and Narcisa. He struck me as a model of disenchanted and frustrated youth, unaccepted and belittled by those around him. Is this paradoxical reaction from the viewer something you were specifically aiming to achieve?
Q: Tell me a little bit about the casting process and also generally about working with your actors.
Q: What genre would you see you film falling under?
Ah, this is a tricky question because I'm not really good with genres.
On set of “Tarantyno”.
Q: The scene towards the end of the film outside the city produced mixed emotions in me as a viewer. The brutality of the action and the long shot of the wasteland together produced something eerily beautiful. Tell me a little bit about this scene, both from a stylistic and practical point of view. And why the decision to shoot it in silence?
For more information about 'Tarantyno' check out the film's official website. www.tarantyno.wordpress.com.
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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival
Scott Hillier, Founder and President of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival
Scott Hillier is a director, cinematographer, and screenwriter, based in Paris, France. In the last 20 years, Hillier has gained international recognition from his strong and incredible cinematography, editing, writing, producing and directing portfolio in both the television and film industries.
Hillier began his career in the television industry in Australia. In 1988, he moved to London getting a job with the BBC who then set him to Baghdad. This opportunity led him to 10 years of traveling around world for the BBC, mainly in war zones like Somalia, Bosnia, Tchetcheynia, Kashmir, and Lebanon. After a near fatal encounter with a Russian bomber in Tchechnyia, Hillier gave up his war coverage and began in a new direction.
Hillier studied film at New York University and The London Film and Television School. He also studied literary non-fiction writing at Columbia University. Hillier's regular clients include the BBC, Microsoft, ABC, PBS and National Geographic. Between filming assignments, he used to teach film, a Masters Degree course in Screenwriting at the Eicar International Film School in Paris, France and journalism at the Formation des Journalistes Français in Paris, France.
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