ÉCU Official Selection 2010

The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), in partnership with G-Technology by Hitachi, is delighted to announce the Official Selection. ÉCU 2010 will showcase 67 films from 26 countries on the 12th, 13th and 14th of March in Paris, France.

Dramatic Feature

Dreaming Mali

Director:  Barbara Kowa
Country
: Germany

It tells the story of the first virtual state that a globally composed collective of hundreds of people founded on the Internet.

Four Roses

Director: Kris De Meester
Country
: Belgium

The story of 12 characters who are stuck in a hotel and have nothing else but time to kill.

Godforsaken

Director:  Jamil Dehlavi
Country
: United Kingdom

A fallen angel seeks redemption for the death of a child under his protection.

The 2 Lives of Andrés Rabadán

Director: Ventura Durall
Country
: Spain

He had been born for the pages of events “The madman of the crossbow”; For public opinion, the inexplicable horror; For experts, a case of psychotic outbreak worthy of a manual. 

Dramatic Shorts

Blocked

Director:  Paiman Kalayeh
Country: Norway

A young man attempts to get over his writer’s block.

Boiler

Director:  Andreas Ksoll
Country
: United Kingdom

Sean finds his career on hold and his love life in tatters when Gas Division provide him with a service that keeps him in hot water and his house without it.

Ca Roule

Director: Xavier Barthélemy
Country
: France

Champagne Supernova

Director:  Fernando Jover Ruiz
Country
: Spain

City Game

Country: France

Committed

Director:  Aisha Tyler
Country
: Iceland

A woman goes to extreme lengths to demonstrate her deep personal commitment to the environment.

Two-Year Guarantee

Director: Juan Parra
Country
: Spain

Curtains

Director:  Julian Barratt
Country
: United Kingdom

After 50 years working the wooden dolls, things begin to fall apart for Barry Shepherd, drinking and cursing his way unrepentantly onwards, he continues with the show that threatens to take his soul.

Das Paket

Director: Marco Gadge
Country
: Germany

Transporter of german! The two harderned gangsters Klaus and Bernd have to supply again. One package. It has get in time in this kind of business and the date should be always are kept. But this is not always …. And so Bernd and Klaus realize that a small traffic light becomes a big problem.

Deux Minutes

Director:  Christian Delavie
Country
: France

A Bad Day

Director: Mircea Brown
Country
: Denmark

A comedy of errors about a young man who is trying to propose to his girlfriend five minutes before the end of the world.

Entwined

Director:  Reeve Rixon
Country
: Scotland

Alone and tangled in an ancient washing line, a decrepit Deirdre confronts a lifetime of woe and regret. Through the night she is assailed by fragments of a past pepped with indignant lovers, resentful friends, and a neglectful family.

High/Low

Country: France

Konvex-T

Director:  Johan Lundh
Country
: Sweden

A dark twisted story of a factory worker who holds no interest for the girl of his dreams until he develops a curious cyst on his body, a cyst which seems to reproduce itself.

Legend of John the Inverted

Director: Philippe Lamensch
Country
: Belgium

John is born with his feet back to front. His parents are upset.

Lost Paradise

Director:  Oded Binnun
Country
: France

After spending a few intimate moments in a hotel room, a man and a woman get dressed and realise that everything around them has lost its charm.

Marginal Note

Director: Robi Voigt
Country
: Germany

A woman, a parking deck and the sky. The poetic 10-minute-short shows the fateful day of a woman, who decides to quit accepting life but to take action instead. Certainly she did not anticipate such a reaction. A film about anger, mercy and emancipation.

Milk Man

Director:  James Rumsey
Country
: United Kingdom

A neurotic voyeur’s late night quest for a carton of milk forces him to confront what he’s really capable of, what that means for his future, and the girl next door.

Not yet

Director: Tito Sacchi
Country
: United Kingdom

Not Yet is a dream-like tale about fixation and the inability to accept the cards you are dealt. Standing on the ledge on top of a tall building, a man weighs up the consequences of his next step. 

Prayer

Country: France

Scissu

Director: Tom Bewilogua
Country
: Germany

Scissu tells a chronologically splitted story about a lonely cop and an addicted couple.

Spunkbubble

Director:  Tom Fisher
Country
: United Kingdom

Take A Way

Country: Switzerland

Tarantyno

Country: Romania

The Happy Life

Director: Minos Nikolakakis
Country
: Greece

A cartoonist. His wife. His characters.

Tutto Da Sola

Director: Carlo Chiaramonte
Country
: Italy

Vanni Mouse

Director: ‘Tamiliam’ Subas
Country
: Norway

Vanni Mouse is a short film following the journey of two mice which flew from the wood of Vanni. The two inseparable couple end unfortunately in an internment camp (Manik Farm) located in Vavuniya (Sri Lanka) where hundreds of thousands tamils are imprisoned by the Sri Lankan government.

Documentary Feature

Addicted in Afghanistan

Director:  Jawed Taiman
Country: United Kingdom

Afghan children addicted to heroin struggle to survive in a troubled land.

Das Kind

Country: France

Hurry Home

Director: Laurits Munch-Petersen
Country
: Norway

The story about Gitte and Susie, two young Danish women, who send their men off to war in Afghanistan. Only one of the men returns home alive. The film follows the two woman closely in the most fatal period of their life.

Last Supper for Malthus

Director: Klaus Pas
Country
: Switzerland

With 1 billion of the world’s population going to bed hungry at night, documentary film, “Last Supper For Malthus” sheds light on one of the most prevalent and alarming issues of our time, the global food crisis.

Malagasy Gospel

Director: Virginia Camino
Country
: Spain

The story of a unique experience. Fifteen orphaned blind children and fifteen girls who had suffered child exploitation in the south of Madagascar, leave their country for the first time as a part of a concert tour taking them to over twenty different locations in Spain in an effort to demand children’s fundamental rights

Securitate Hunter

Country: Romania

Tenacity on the Tasman

Director: George Olver
Country
: United Kingdom

Tenacity on the Tasman is a 2009 documentary film about adventurer Olly Hicks’s attempt to circumnavigate the world in a rowboat.

Animated Films

Café

Director:  Jawed Taiman
Country: Portugal

Afghan children addicted to heroin struggle to survive in a troubled land.

Last Supper for Malthus

Director: Klaus Pas
Country
: Switzerland

With 1 billion of the world’s population going to bed hungry at night, documentary film, “Last Supper For Malthus” sheds light on one of the most prevalent and alarming issues of our time, the global food crisis.

Malagasy Gospel

Director: Virginia Camino
Country
: Spain

The story of a unique experience. Fifteen orphaned blind children and fifteen girls who had suffered child exploitation in the south of Madagascar, leave their country for the first time as a part of a concert tour taking them to over twenty different locations in Spain in an effort to demand children’s fundamental rights

Non-European Dramatic Short

Patient

Director: Misko Iho
Country: Canada

Graveyard shift of a guard gets an unexpected turn.

Smoorvelief

Director: Hilde Van Mieghem
Country
: South Africa

A frank and funny romantic comedy set in Antwerp, filmed in a quirkily inventive style, Madly in Love has a lot to say about human relationships.

The Magician

Director: Valentina I. Avayu
Country
: United States

The Magician recounts a series of strange moments that take place at the wake of a man who seems to have scarcely lived.

The Miraculous Tale of the Children Dubois

Director: Cassandra Lee Hamilton
Country
: United States

When a great devastation befell the Dubois house, young Juliette was forced into a life with out magic, it is not until twin brother Nikolai returns from the great beyond to shepherd her back to the innocence of her childhood that Juliette must decide between the reality of her present or the magic of her youth.

Things You Should Know about a Woman

Director: Charles Haine
Country
: United States

A brief letter from XXX to her ex, letting him know the things she wished he had known.

Non-European Dramatic Feature

The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce

Director: Michael James Rowland
Country: Australia

Alexander Pearce, an Irish convict, escapes from a maximum-security prison with other inmates but is the only one to survive. His confession to his sins before his execution shakes the legal system.

Non-European Documentary

Dhobi Ghaat

Country: Pakistan

Experimental Films

A Clock’s Dream

Country: Cyprus

Beta Test

Country: Greece

Ora Che Marlene

Director: Giovanna Nazarena Silvestri
Country
: Italy

Planar

Country: Spain

Schizophrenia

Country: Australia

Student Films

Amoklove

Director: Julia C. Kaiser
Country: Germany

A magical moment between two people in the subway, but then it is all over and they will never see each other again – wrong! Fabian fights for his love and chases Marie through Stuttgart. That is Amoklove: a declaration of love during a cardiac recess.

Clouds Fly West

Director: Vesko Cholakov
Country
: Bulgaria

The movie begins in a remote rural village in Bulgaria and zoom out to go back 200,000 years ago in time when the anatomically modern-appearing humans first came into existence.

Deadside

Country: United Kingdom

He’d Never Do That

Country: Spain

Housewoman

Country: United Kingdom

Ink

Country: Portugal

Ludwig-265

Country: Russia

Mio Sovversivo Amore

Country: Italy

Recto Recto Gancho

Country: Mexico

The Father

Country: Slovakia

The Highest Low

Country: United Kingdom

Yael

Country: United Kingdom

Zerowards

Country: France