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ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

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. 

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This week the spotlight is on Marcel Carné, an innovative filmmaker who led the poetic realism movement and was arguably considered the most admired French filmmaker of his era.

He produced his great works just before the mid-twentieth century, some of which include; “Quai de Brumes” (1938); “Les Portes de la Nuit” (1946); and “Le Jour se lève” (1939).

In 1936 Carné directed his first full length feature film “Jenny” and it was with the production of this film that he started to collaborate with Jacques Prévert. Over the following years the two men would become a sensation to French cinema and would create some of the greatest works in French cinema history. Together with a few other filmmakers the style of filmmaking known as poetic realism was created. This style combined lyrical idealism with the fatalistic life and setting of the characters.

His magnum opus “Les Enfants du Paradis” is to this day considered one of the greatest films of all time. The screenplay was written by the celebrated French poet Jacques Prévert whose poetic script adds to the charm and romance of the film. Set among the Parisian theatre of the 19th century, it tells the story of four men who have all fallen in love with one woman. All of whom are from different walks of life, an actor, a mime, an aristocrat and a swindler and thus love her in their different ways. The woman who has stolen their hearts only loves one of them in return. The main character Garance was played by Arletty, the beauty of the era who once posed for Braque and Metisse.

After the war, Carné’s poetic realism became unpopular and suffered a blow when the founders of the New Wave movement critiqued his style. François Truffaut once described him as “a confused soul” and “an obstinate cineaste”. Despite his decline in popularity towards the later half of his career, it is undeniable that his most notable work “Les Enfants du Paradis” will forever be remembered as an unforgettable, timeless tale which has the power to haunt its audience for the rest of their lives.

This coming October the acclaimed “Cinémathèque Française” will launch an exhibition about Carné’s masterpiece “Les Enfants du Paradis”. Whether you’ve long been a fan of this classic film or if you’re inspired to learn more about it, the exhibition is sure to be a good one as the famous French cinema museum never disappoints.

Exhibition starts the 24th October 2012 and ends the 27th January 2013

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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.  
Scott 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. 

He moved to New York City in 1998.  He directed and photographed eight one-hour documentaries for National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. Based on his war knowledge and experience, Hillier wrote and directed a short film titled, “Behind the Eyes of War!" The film was awarded “Best Short Dramatic Film” at the New York Independent Film and TV Festival in 1999. From that he served as Supervising Producer and Director for the critically acclaimed CBS 42 part reality series, "The Bravest” in 2002 and wrote and directed a stage play called, "Deadman’s Mai l," which ran at Le Théâtre du Moulin de la Galette in Paris during the summer of 2004. He then became the Director of Photography on a documentary titled, “Twin Towers." This was yet another life changing experience for Hillier. The riveting documentary won an Academy Award for "Best Documentary Short Subject" in 2003. In 2004, Hillier changed continents again, spending three months in Ethiopia. He produced “Worlds Apart,” a pilot for ABC America / True Entertainment / Endemol. As you can see, Hillier was and is always in constant movement and enjoys working in a number of diverse creative areas including documentaries, music videos, commercials, feature and short films.

Scott 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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