ÉCU Official Selection 2015

The 10th annual European Independent Film Festival takes place April 10th to 12th at Cinema Les 7 Parnassiens, 75014 Paris and in Cinema Le Lincoln, 75008 Paris.

Animated Films

BLOOD TIES

Director: Manon Lazzari
Country: France

In a family headed by a tyrannical father, the younger daughter will regain her freedom on her birthday

DÄWIT

Director: David Jansen
Country
: Germany

Däwit is rescued from his violent father and grows up far away from his family among wolves. Embarking on a mysterious journey to find his own identity, he encounters great hardship but ultimately finds peace in forgiveness.

JUNK GIRL

Directors: Mohammed Zare-Shalale Kheiri
Country: Iran

There once was a girl who was made up of junk.She looked really dirty,and she smelled like a skunk.She was always unhappy or in one of her slumps-perhaps ’cause she spent so much time down in the dumps.

MEND AND MAKE DO

Director: Bexie Bush
Country
: United Kingdom

Cup of tea? Come and take a seat in Lyn’s cosy front room, hear her story of wartime love and watch as her belongings come alive with the hope, fear and humour of one spirited lady.

SOVEREIGN PAPERWORK

Director: Lala Severi
Country: Uruguay

An employee whose hours pass by coordinating files at an archive is surprised to receive a blank paper, this will bring him the possibility to make an unexpected change.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

Director: Daisy Jacobs
Country
: United Kingdom

This is the stark and darkly humorous tale of two brothers struggling to care for their elderly mother. Richard flees as soon as anything practical needs to be done while the Nick is left to carry the burden. 

UP IN A PLANE

Director: Rachel Moore
Country: Canada

In ‘Up in a Plane’ a granddaughter’s grief is transformed by her imagination into a Canadian adventure of love and joy that bikes, flies, and dances all the way from the prairies of the early 1900’s to Europe in WW2, to the present, and beyond.

Arab Selection

AMONGST

Director: Mohammed Alsalman
Country:  Saudi Arabia

A person wakes up in the fog of confusion between decisions and affiliations, obedience and disobedience.

WITH TIME

Director: David Jansen
Country
: Germany

Abandoned and locked in a room, two young sisters live their life indulging in fantasies and struggling through reality.

THE RIDDLE

Director: Fidae Sbaai
Country: Morocco

A prison warden offers a chance to his prisoner, an enigma. If he solves it, he finds back his freedom.

Comedy Film

DE SMET

Directors: Thomas Baerten and Wim Geudens
Country:  Belgium-Netherlands

The brothers ‘De Smet’ created a system to live their lives as singles in the most comfortable way. When a new woman moves into their street, their synergy turns out to be a house of cards.

FIXED

Directors: Codey Wilson and Burleigh Smith
Country
: Australia

Jemimah wants Tilly to have puppies. At any cost.

THE DANDELION

Director: Sophie-Clémentine Dubois
Country:  Belgium

The DANDELION, or How to save a restaurant with a hedgehog, a singing fish and a little bit of imagination…

THE FLY

Director: Olly Williams
Country
: United Kingdom

A getaway driver waiting outside a bank robbery has three nerve shredding minutes to get through before his crew returns. The Fly is a story of karmic revenge. A cat and mouse game where nobody is really sure who is playing the cat, and who should be attending anger management sessions.

Documentaries

ANIMA

Director: Simon Gillard
Country:  Belgium

GAZI TO GEZI – A STONES THROW AWAY

Director: Ross Domoney
Country:  United Kingdom

An exploration of the poetry of a nationwide revolt in Istanbul, Europe’s largest city.

SOCOTRA: THE HIDDEN LAND

Director: Carles Cardelùs
Country
: Yamen-Spain-USA

This is the story of how Socotra is emerging from isolation.

Dramatic Feature Films

HERE LIES

Director: Duncan Ward
Country:  United Kingdom

A film about filmmaking and the struggles involved in the creative process: artistic, technical, financial and personal. Director Duncan Ward sets out to make a biopic about controversial artist Ernst Hellmann, notorious for his misogyny, his tortured female nudes, hell raising lifestyle, and mysterious demise

PSEUDONYM

Director: Thierry Sebban
Country
: France

Alex is a divorced father, a stressed part, this is his daily work, work, work. Tonight he hurries, he has a meeting with a young woman … on the internet. But this encounter one night will plunge into a downward spiral and disrupt forever the course of his life.

ROSEVILLE

Director: Martin Makariev
Country:  BulgariaUnited Kingdom

The events surrounding the unsolved police case in which guests of a mountain hut come face to face with terror, when the mysterious force that stalks them in the dark, violently knocks on the door of their consciousness.

THE KIDS FROM THE MARX AND ENGELS STREET

Director: Nikola Vukcevic
Country
: Montenegro

Story about two brothers: in the same night, older brother (30), is going to kill a man for a first time, and his younger (16) brother is going to make love for the first time. What seems to be easy – it is not at all at Balkans.

Dramatic Shorts

ABOVEBOARD

Director: Sam Jack Gilmore and Felix Jude West
Country: United Kingdom

Robert a chief superintendent helps Mike, a veteran officier, to build his false defense before going in front of civil jury. But day by day it is more evident that Mike is incriminated.

ALLEYCATS

Director: Ian Bonhôte
Country
: United Kingdom

AMBITION

Director: Tomek Bagiński
Country: Poland

On a remote planet a Master watches his Apprentice carry out tests with nanotechnology as she tries to prove herself worthy of advancement.

A PASSION OF GOLD AND FIRE

Director: Sébastien Pins
Country
: Belgium

A beekeeper shares his worries about the future of his apiary school. A passion of gold and fire which definitely helps our environment to keep on living.

BORDER TRAFFICKING

Director: Peter Rautek
Country: Austria

A woman in her mid twenties is trapped in a miserable existence as a sex worker in a small Czech village. Her inner conflict bubbles up to the surface when she decides to take her chance for a better future and runs

CODA

Director: Scott Jae and Justyna Mikina
Country
: United Kingdom

On November 1st 2013, the body of Anastazja Solintear was discovered at the abandoned St. Augustine’s Hospital, near Canterbury, Kent. This film features the actual audio recording she made before she died.

CONCRETE/NIGHT

Director: Pirjo Honkasalo
Country: France

Simon, a drug dealer, is kidnapped by his supplier. Under a psychological torture, he ends up admitting why he is late with his payment: the story behind seems to be even more intense and personal…

FLEXIBILITY

Director: Remedios Crespo
Country
: Spain

Europe, near future. The workers of a stickpin factory gather urgently to avoid the impending plant closing. The differences between the workers and the top management are not the expected ones. 

HUMAN

Director: Brigitte Drodtloff
Country: Germany

He is a silent man. He walks the streets, watching, looking for the right place. He finds it. In the middle of a market. He sets up a stand. But instead of selling his goods, the silent man gives them away for free. The other sellers watch. They feel provoked. The situation escalates. They lose control. But in the end… there is hope

LAST WILL: IDYLL

Director: Alice von Gwinner
Country
: Germany

”Don’t just live on earth, be a part of it.” That’s the slogan of the latest invention of the Idyll company. There works Anja in an open plan office and escapes to find her own idyll in life.

SOLO FINALE

Director:  Ingo Putze
Country:  Germany

Solo Finale is a story of a relationship gone awry. Depicted through poetic, surreal pictures, where the physics of the world we know do not always apply, it is an allegory of the polarity of love.

SOPHIE AT THE RACES

Director: Alan Friel
Country
: Ireland

A mentally ill mother kidnaps her daughter and goes in search of a ‘happy family life’.

SUPERBIA

Director:  Martti Helde
Country:  Estonia

If you’ve been hit, one day you’ll hit back. If you aren’t loved, you won’t love anyone, either.

THE ANKLET

Director: Guillaume Levil
Country
: France

Story about two brothers: in the same night, older brother (30), is going to kill a man for a first time, and his younger (16) brother is going to make love for the first time. What seems to be easy – it is not at all at Balkans.

THE BARBIERS BLADE

Director: Hakan Can
Country: Germany

The young and loving Seneca enters a barber’s shop to ask for the hand of Father Equien’s daughter. But the old man doubts about the lovers ability to love and demands a dangerous trial to prove their love.

THE CHILD

Director: Manu Gòmez
Country
:  Spain-Portugal

Austria. It’s the end of the XIXth Century. His name is Alois. He waits in fearful agony for the dramatic birth of his child. He is ignorant of the dark future that the birth would bring to humanity. History always has a beginning

THE STOMACH

Director: Ben Steiner
Country:  United Kingdom

Frank’s had enough. A spirit medium whose unique and grotesque method of channeling the dead is putting his own life at risk, he wants out. But others, in this world and the next, have plans of their own. 

TOUCH

Director: Andrew Richardson
Country
: United Kingdom

Using the motif of physical communication, we follow the relationship of a young couple from the very beginning, as over time their ideas, expectations and fears grow causing misunderstanding and pain.

Experimental Films

BLACK TAPE

Director: Uri Kranot
Country: Denmark

“Black tape” explores the theme of domination.

In an entangled tango, all are victims. They dance, occupying the frame and the space between brushstrokes.

KEPLER

Director: George Drivas
Country: Greece

KEPLER is a newly discovered planet with supposedly, same air and ground conditions like earth.

MOVING YEREVAN

Director: Jevan Chowdhury
Country
: United Kingdom

Yerevan is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. The history of it’s people simply measured in millennia.
 “Moving Yerevan” is an emotive response to the meeting of 47 dancers and the metropolis.

MY NAME IS FRANCO AND I LIKE DARK CHOCOLATE

Director: Silvia De Gennaro
Country:  Italy

2033: the social networks have made the Internet the place of the collective unconscious. Confused identities are lost in a shapeless global identity. The protagonist decides to disconnect from the network to find himself.

OUT OF REACH (RAIN NIGHT)

Director: Pablo Diartinez
Country
: Belgium

“Out of reach” (Rain night) is the first instalment in a series of short films, From the pages of Album. The series adapts poetry to the screen by means of a musically animated collage of motion graphics, texts and silent live action scenes.

Music Videos

BELIEVE THE LIE

Director: Javier Longobardo
Country:  Spain

The repetition of these soothing tones feels like being in the never ending tube of a gentle but giant wave. Swirling synths wrap themselves around vocals, and vocals wrap themselves around beats and bass.

TATOOINE

Director: Ken Duken
Country
: Germany

The video with its traditional and elegant music is very simple but profound: sand, wind and the majestic light play a central role in the video.

HEAVEN TOO CHOOSE

Directors: Martynas Norvaišas and Kamilė Milašiūtė
Country:  Lithuania

ENTOMOPHOBIA

Director: Robin Rippmann
Country
: United Kingdom

Entomophobia is the first music video for the London based band In Violet. It centres around the fear of insects and features tons of creepy crawlies, out to spook unsuspecting humans.

COLORADO SPRINGS

Director: Manuel Pascual
Country:  Spain

Last day in Nikola Tesla’s life where he fights against his ghosts, passions and fears.

STOP ALL JERK!

Director: Armel Gourvennec
Country
: France

Are you one of those ? Do you remember the fifties ? No ?

So please stop it and go for a ride !

TOKYO

Director: Bouha Kazmi
Country:  United Kingdom

A mysterious masked stranger and a boy form the centrepiece of a gathering of elderly society women who yearn for their youth and the exquisite command of their lure.

WHEN GILRS COLLIDE

Director: Javier Longobardo
Country
: Spain

Experimental pop music band whose music is characterized by soft vocals, electronic beats glitch beats and effects and a variety of traditional and unconventional instruments. Mum was formed in 1997

Non-European Documentaries

ALMOST FRIENDS

Directors: Barak Heymann and Nitzan Ofrir
Country: Israel

Two girls meet through digital educational project in Israel. Samar’s father comes from the (Palestinian) Occupied Territories. Linor’s family was evacuated from a Jewish settlement. Only 67 kilometers apart, yet an ideological gulf stand between them.

The girls meet and an instant bond is struck. Nevertheless, reality overpowers the friendship

AMONG THE DISCARDED

Director: Trent Dion Soto
Country
: United States

On February 19, 2014 Artist Trent Dion Soto embarked on a journey, to walk in the shoes of the homeless on downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Living for 30 days with only a toothbrush and a GoPro camera, with little to no outside contact.

HALF SOUR

Director: Mary Anne Rothberg
Country:  United States

John Till moved to New York with nothing. With help from friends he met through skateboarding, he built a pickle business.

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY AND I’LL FLY IF I WANT TO

Director: Javier Longobardo
Country
: Spain

A short documentary detailing the transformative journey one woman undertakes when she grants herself permission to indulge and enjoy life. Culminating in the gift that she has commissioned to commemorate her 50th birthday, a milestone she once believed she would never reach, let alone celebrate it in style.

THE DARK SIDE

Director: Richard Ledes
Country:  United States

When the lights go out during hurricane Sandy, Dan falls and butt-dials his ex-girlfriend. Her name also happens to be Sandy. He takes it as a sign to visit her. Mimicking the hurricane’s capacity to cross boundaries, interviews with firefighters who lost their homes during Sandy are intercut with this romantic comedy. The resulting clash of genres creates unexpected juxtapositions that illuminate both the global and local dimensions of the storm.

THE LAST IMPRESARIO

Director: Gracie Otto
Country
: Australia

The most famous person you have never heard of.

TRIP ALONG EXODUS

Director: Hind Shoufani
Country: Syrian Arab Republic-Lebanon

This documentary is an archival film tracing 70 years of my father’s Palestinian refugee-hood, from the Galilee in 1948, to Princeton university in the 60’s, to Beirut in the 70’s and to the current war in Syria today. My father wrote over 25 books on politics and history, and led the revolution in 1983 against Arafat. He was a Revolutionary Council member and a military organizer for the Palestinians. The film is a video art retrospective of his very dramatic political and personal life, in several countries

Non-European Dramatic Features

FLYTRAP

Director:  Stephen David Brooks
Country:  United States

FLYTRAP mixes sci-fi with dark humor to tell the story of a reserved English Astronomer who becomes ensnared by the mysterious Mary Ann and her creepy and dangerous comrades.

ONE EYED GIRL

Director: Nick Matthews
Country
: Australia

In the land of the blind, the one eyed girl is queen. Travis is a psychiatrist haunted by the recent death of a patient. On the brink of a nervous breakdown, he meets a mysterious girl named Grace, who invites him to a meeting at a city church run by charismatic leader, Father Jay. In search of answers Travis is led deeper and deeper into the hidden world of an isolated cult where he’s given one last chance to redeem himself. 

THE SHOOT

Directors: John Adams,Toby Poser
Country: United States

A fashion shoot in the desert goes horribly wrong when two hard­up rockers try their luck at robbing it.

Non-European Dramatic Shorts

8 SPIDERS

Director:  Daniel Lecanda
Country:  Mexico

An obsessive-compulsive man is obligated to go through an experiential therapy on a woman in order to cure his arachnophobia.

127

Director: Christopher Peters
Country
: New Zealand

‘127’ is the story of a young man trapped between his vicious, cult like gang, the police and his childhood priest..

BACK PAGES

Director:  Tony Fabro
Country:  United States

A troubled boy’s alcoholic ‘father’ orders a prostitute to initiate him into ‘manhood,’ only to reveal himself as more broken than the boy ever imagined.

BEFORE THE BOMB

Director: Tannaz Hazemi
Country
: United States

10 year old Elsa takes matters into her own hands when Child Services plans a visit that could separate her from her 5 year old brother.

CATCHING FIREFLIES

Director:  Lee Whittaker
Country:  United States

A little Latina girl attempts to escape the rigors and misfortunes of living on skid row Los Angeles through the power of her mystical imagination while simultaneously trying to protect the bond with her addict mother.

EXIT ROAD

Director: Yuri Alves
Country
: Portugal-United States

Dane thought he left his personal demons and his drug addiction behind him, but his first day out of prison challenges both his promise to go clean and his very survival.

TEXTISMS

Director:  D. Jeremy Bolton
Country:  United States

A 13-year-old girl accidentally sends a text message for a school friend to a complete stranger – a man in his 30s. This innocent mistake sets into motion a series of misunderstandings that ends up ruining the man’s long-term relationship while, at the same time, starting a first ever romance for this shy girl. 

THE ORIGINAL IQ TESTER

Director: Alan Arrivée
Country
: United States

After ten months on the road, Russell has finally called his brother Nate and asked him to come get him. When Nate arrives at a dinner to pick him up, however, Russell’s not so sure. He’s been playing a peg game in restaurants for months and can’t get a decent score. Something happened to the two brothers a long time ago, and he just can’t win. Now he’s about to find out that the promise the two boys made to keep it a secret has been broken.

Student Films

ANOTHER GREEN WORLD

Directors: Christina Hardings
Country: United Kingdom

Sometimes looking at things for the last time can help you see things for the first time. 

EXIT NEVERLAND

Director:  Chadi Abdul-Karim
Country:  Denmark

“Exit Neverland” follows the three youngsters Said, Daniel and Osman during one of their usual days in an urban neighborhood. Their day is filled with boredom, restlessness and too much spare time. However, on this particular day, one of the boys steal from a local, mentally challenged resident in the ghetto, where the three friends have grown up together. Even though the three kids are only looking for some fun in order to pass the time, their actions lead to unexpected consequences.

FINAL STROKE

Director: Anne Chlosta
Country
: Germany

Arne discovers his recently deceased brother`s best-kept secret: He was a pedophile. Unable to deal with the situation, Arne hides his discovery from his family. This seems to work out just fine, until Arne comes face to face with one of his brother`s victims.

INVISIBLE

Director:  Zofia Pregowska
Country:  Poland

Krystyna, who is almost 90, lives alone in a small flat surrounded by books and tens of copybooks which she incessantly fills with the poems that come to her mind. There would be nothing strange about it if not for the fact that Krystyna is almost entirely blind. Thanks to the help of others she can communicates her vision of the world, which does not cease to delight her. In the meantime, she is preparing for an important journey to a declamation contest where she hopes to share her poems with the audience.

KILLING MY GIRL

Director: Tasos Giapoutzis
Country
: United Kingdom

A young South Asian woman lives away from home, in London, with her husband and in-laws. The film depicts her struggle to undergo sex-selective abortion against her will.

LOOP

Directors:  Andy Wijckelsma and Oliver Minet
Country:  France

The story of a woman who can no longer escape from an infernal party.Director: Andy Wijckelsma and Olivier Minet

OH! MY PRINCESS

Director: Heewook SA
Country
:  RepublIc of Korea

A young girl gets into a taxi. The taxi driver is a single father, raising his high school student daughter.  On the way to her destination, the girl screams verbal abuse into her phone.  He realizes that her destination is his apartment. He comes to a violent conclusion.

ONE THOUSAND & ONE TEARDROPS

Director:  Fateme Ahmadi
Country:  United Kingdom

A magic teardrop-keeper tells Louly the stories of seven women from Iran, who have been dealing with compulsory dress codes for two hundred years.

ONE TURTLE

Director: Anna Romanova
Country
: Russia

Sometimes people around are so annoying. Questions, jeremiads, fumbles, chatters… You want to escape to the place where nobody is present.

TERMINAL

Director:  Davur Djurhuus
Country:  United Kingdom

A group of Londoners will forever be affected by the actions of one man… 

THE EMOTIONAL DIMENSIONS OF THE JAMES RIVER

Director: Michelle Marquez
Country
: United States

This experimental film provides an emotional roller coaster experience that was musically and visually designed based on a neuroscience research project that correlates a mathematical parameter (fractal dimension) of sounds and images with the selective triggering of emotional states. Enlighten yourself by looking at the world from your personal point of view while dreaming inside your curiosity.

THE YEAR A PIG HANGED ITSELF

Director:  JieYu Lee
Country:  China

Since the beginning of time, women’s status has been unbearable lower than men’s. Try as they might, women never transcend the role of a mere being to entertain the appetite and lust of men.

VOYEUSE

Director:  Florence Sobieski
Country
: France

Esther, a young and solitary woman, starts spying on Antoine, her new next-door neighbor. When another young woman moves in with him, Esther’s growing obsession over the couple paradoxically leads her to confront her uneasy relationship to her own body.