ÉCU Official Selection 2017

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is excited to announce its Official Selection of films that will be showcased at the 12th edition of the festival. ÉCU 2017 proudly screened 81 films from 37 countries on May 4th, 5th, 6th 2017 in Paris, France.

Animated Films

Child

Directors : Iring Freytag / Linus Stetter / Viktor Stickel
Country: Germany

A child has to leave their hut to collect the wood for the fire that went out. The search for suitable wood becomes a life’s work.

Define Intervention

Director: Sean Cunningham
Country
: Ireland

Father Priestly is an Irish priest struggling with his faith, which is tested even further when he comes face to face with God and Jesus themselves in this sci-fi comedy adventure

How Long, Not Long

Directors: Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot
Country: Denmark

A visual journey that challenges us to think about a universal belonging that doesn’t confine itself to a city, region, or national boundary in an age where xenophobia, nationalism, and intolerance are ubiquitous.

Late Season

Director: Daniela Leitner
Country
: Austria

An elderly couple seems to have lost their affection for one another. One day, at the beach, after falling asleep, something incredible happens to them – something that rekindles their long-lost romantic feelings.

Sore Eyes For Infinity

Director: Elli Vuorinen
Country: Finland

An optician grows tired of seeing the world too clearly and her inevitable involvement in its defects.

The Bridge Over The River

Director: Jadwiga Kowalska
Country
: Switzerland

A man on a bridge, separated from the love of his life. Wanting to be with her one last time, he decides to seek her in the afterlife.

Arab Selection

Last Seen

Director: Hassanein Khazaal
Country: Iraq

A short-film about the psychological conflicts of every Iraqi young man in recent times, representing one’s homeland, friends, and love… It shows how an Iraqi young man thinks, and what he could possibly do in these inconvenient circumstances, as there is a noticeable lack of services in the country …… what would he decide to do? Heads to demonstrations or goes the other way?

Night-Shift

Director: Hisham Sharafeddine
Country
: Lebanon

A man on a bridge, separated from the love of his life. Wanting to be with her one last time, he decides to seek her in the afterlife.

Sing For Me

Director: Sama Waham
Country: Canada

A personal journey that follows a river to meet Baghdad, the film travels through shared family memory and archival footage that provide a glimpse of Iraq’s defeated dreams of a modern and just society. The journey is guided by a familiar voice from the past, found on an old audiotape in an abandoned box, to a new exposition of ‘home’.

The Boy Who Cried Fish!

Director: Hisham Sharafeddine
Country
: Lebanon

Miranda’s life falls into pieces when her son, Adam, wouldn’t take off her blue bra. A single mother, she finds a way of coping when she understands how the personal intertwines with the universal.

Comedy Films

Le Chat Doré

Director: Nata Moreno
Country: Spain

Inside an old cabin, a group of musicians tries to create art under the pressure of a mean director.

Le Mécène

Director: Lionel Auguste
Country
: France

Antoine gets back home and finds out that his girlfriend Mélanie is sleeping with a man. His revenge will be bittersweet.

Señor O Señorito?

Directors: Cristina Piernas & Victoria Ruiz
Country: Spain

In a world dominated by women, Bernardo will have to get through a singular interview to access the secretary’s position that he wishes.

The Driving Seat

Director: Phil Lowe
Country
: United Kingdom

Martin and Jane decide to rejuvenate their marriage by making love in their car. When this plan hits a snag, they begin to re-evaluate their relationship. Is being in love with each other enough?

The Temp

Director: Ben Mallaby
Country:
United Kingdom

It’s hard to find cover when you’re an East End gangster.

Documentaries

I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott

Director: Yoon-ha Chang
Country: Germany

Producer and composer Ralf Kemper becomes obsessed with bringing attention to forgotten jazz legend Jimmy Scott. Together with like Quincy Jones, Joe Pesci, and James Moody, Kemper spares no expense and reaches the limits of what can be done to record a last album.

Promises Halimo Can’t Keep

Director: Paula Palacios
Country
: Spain, Qatar

A portrait of a Somali refugee who has fled her country leaving her two daughters behind. Halimo confesses to her children, through a letter that the person with whom they live is not who they believe and will narrate her journey through more than ten countries until arriving in Austria.

Refugee Blues

Directors: Stephan Bookas/Tristan Daws
Country: UK, Germany

Set to the verses of W.H. Auden’s 1939 poem, “Refugee Blues” charts a day in ‘the jungle’, the refugee camp outside Calais. More intimate and unlike much of what has been seen in the mass media, this documentary poem counterpoints the camp’s harsh reality of frequent clashes with the French riot police with its inhabitants’ longing for a better future.

Dramatic Feature Films

B&B

Director: Joe Ahearne 
Country: United Kingdom

A gay couple stays at a Christian guest house for a laugh and gets more than they bargained for when a Russian thug checks in.

Eho

Director: Dren Zherka
Country
: Germany

Loss and loneliness linger on a thread that connects two aging parents far away from each other through a fatal accident. A woman in Germany starts a journey to explore the life of an illegal immigrant and finds her loneliness, and an old man in Kosovo whom loss has brought him to the end of his journey.

Rage

Director: Michał Wegrzyn
Country: Poland

Quarrelling with his wife, Adam spends time with his mistress at the gym. He gets a huge promotion and life is great. But Adam doesn’t know his world will soon collapse.

RE-EVOLUTION

Director: David Sousa Moreau 
Country:
Spain

Doni, David, Ma and Jack lives inexorably cross. The World has changed them all… now it´s time for them to change the World.

Dramatic Short Films

A Little Help

Director: Daniel Halsall
Country: Netherlands

Oath is a 8 year old girl in quest for sweets!

CE QUI ÉCHAPPE

Director: Ely Chevillot
Country: Belgium

When Catherine looks for her son Clément at the swimming pool, she finds out that he’s been aggressive with a girl of his age. This news troubles her and arise questions…

Cubs

Director: Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir
Country: Iceland

A single father wants to fulfil his young daughter’s wish to throw a slumber party for her friends, but it turns out to be more of a challenge than he thought due to the rules of modern society.

Echo

Director: Courtney Hope Thérond
Country: Italy

At the intersection of child’s play and reality, Echo explores an unfortunately common occurrence in the United States. The lines of what is real and what is imagined are blurred in this short film.

Emily must wait

Director: Christian Wittmoser
Country
: Germany

When Europe turns to chaos, Emily must hold out in her apartment in hope of reuniting with her loved one. The promise to wait becomes increasingly difficult to keep, as desperation grows and hope dwindles.

Eviction

Director: Marcel Glauche
Country: Germany

Carl Patzke was born and raised in Berlin. The ongoing gentrification is now forcing him, like many others before and after him, to leave his apartment. Carls belief in justice has gone long. After three years sleeping on a little mattress in his garage, he decides to take matters back into his own hands.

Second Skin

Director: Charlie Manton
Country: United Kingdom

The story of a girl in a cardboard box.

Solider Bee

Director: Alex Hardy
Country: United Kingdom

Soldier Jodie Baxter has returned home from Afghanistan after being injured by a booby trap. She is scarred both physically and psychologically.

Son

Director: Konstantinos Sampanis
Country
: Germany

Mr. Schwamm, an indulgent husband and caring father, who wants to save his depressed son is paired up by destiny, with an insensitive stranger, in whom he confides his troubles.

The Crossing

Director: Jack King
Country: United Kingdom

Battling infertility and failing to cope with the breakup of his relationship, Terry is plagued by recurring nightmares and a profound uncertainty about his future. When a chance encounter with his ex reveals he’s been permanently left behind, Terry is forced to confront his anxieties head on.

The Dog And The Elephant

Director: Mike Sharpe
Country
: United Kingdom

Set in the violent world of Victorian boxing and the honour code of the Romany Gipsies, this is the compelling story of the unlikely kinship between young boxer Bendigo Barlow and ‘Ina’, an elephant from a travelling menagerie. Bendigo’s struggle to live with Tourette’s syndrome is made all the more difficult by fear and ignorance as he is violently shunned by those who simply don’t understand.

The Oracle

Director: Nan Feix
Country: France

On the run after committing a murder, Dave gets stuck in a village from a parallel world, governed by an Oracle in the form of a jukebox.

Yellow Cab 267. A Musical Hell

Director: Patricia Venti
Country: Spain

Intertwining stories in a New York restaurant, a kind of parallel universe where the worlds of the living and the dead have blurry borders.

Experimental Films

Don’t Forget About Singapore

Director: Julien Thiry
Country: France

On the run after committing a murder, Dave gets stuck in a village from a parallel world, governed by an Oracle in the form of a jukebox.

Rhythm of Being

Director: Giada Ghiringhelli
Country: United Kingdom

Intertwining stories in a New York restaurant, a kind of parallel universe where the worlds of the living and the dead have blurry borders.

Three Rooms

Director: Andrés Klimek
Country: Mexico

On the run after committing a murder, Dave gets stuck in a village from a parallel world, governed by an Oracle in the form of a jukebox.

What Happens In Your Brain If You See A German Word Like…?

Director: Zora Rux
Country: Germany

Intertwining stories in a New York restaurant, a kind of parallel universe where the worlds of the living and the dead have blurry borders.

Music Videos

Back on my feet

Director: Theo Papadoulakis
Country: Greece

Director Theo Papadoulakis gave the song a political dimension commenting on the Greeks’ feelings towards the financial and political crisis in Greece.

Creta Kano

Director: Manuel Lebriez
Country: France

A magical tale of loneliness, lost identity and flying origami cranes on Lorca’s beguilingly minimal thread.

Fade

Director: Ainhoa Rodríguez
Country: Spain

Conchita, a conservative and septuagenarian woman, returns home after cremating her husband. She is fed up with the suffocating social norms that have surrounded her, so she decides to break free. Meanwhile, a menacing shadow roams the house as the only companion of her solitude.

Tom Rosenthal – I Got Myself A Finish

Director: Thomas Vernay
Country: France

A girl who is going through different kinds of feelings.

Where is God?

Director: Nadine Keil
Country: Germany

I dedicate the Song and the Video “Where is God?” to our inner child. The innocent part in all of us, that remained through the years of ignoring our natural born sense for what is wrong and what right!

Non-European Documentaries

El Buzo (The Diver)

Director: Esteban Arrangoiz
Country: Mexico

Julio César Cu Cámara is the chief diver in the Mexico City sewerage system, his job is to repair pumps and dislodge garbage that flows into the sewerage waters.

Fragments of Love

Director: Estelle Fromentin
Country: Argentina, France

Argentina. A musician who raises goats, an experimental filmmaker, a ceramist, and a businessman tell us about a love story, sharing their philosophy of love. Carried by images of their worlds, marked by the diversity of the Argentinian territory, we embark with them on an introspective journey, a poetic wandering.

Mind Landscape

Director: Niu Zi
Country: China

See the images of the world, using the heart as a mirror. Photographer Yang wants to use his camera to record and preserve, trying to show the world his journey in Tibet and capturing the images of the mind of decades of enlightenment.

Part Of Me Now: Living With Breast Cancer

Director: Emily Gerhardson
Country: United States Of America

“Part Of Me Now” highlights a side to cancer that has yet to be focused on- the aftermath. It centers around the personal stories of individuals who will live with cancer in their bodies or as a lingering threat for the rest of their lives.”

Non-European Dramatic Feature Films

Groom’s Block

Director: Ilker Savaskurt
Country: Turkey

Groom’s Block is slang in Turkey for prison sections holding those accused of serious sex crimes, where men judge each other and lash out justice daily.

Selling Isobel

Director: Rudolf Buitendach
Country: United States Of America

Isobel is an ordinary mother with an ordinary job. She lives with her five year old daughter and boyfriend. But one day a very charming photographer, approaches Isobel and tempts her with an offer few people could resist. He manages to lure her into a commercial photo shoot. One that will change her life forever!

The Rainbow Kid

Director: Kire Paputts
Country: Canada

Eugene, a young man with Down syndrome, embarks on a life-altering journey to find the end of the rainbow.

Non-European Dramatic Short Films

A Beautiful Day

Director: Phedon Papamichael
Country: United States Of America

Gene gets up every day and follows the same monotonous routine that he has lived since the death of his wife ten years earlier. Today, however, he awakens with a new determination to change.

Black Box

Director: Aviv Maaravi
Country: Israel

Solo performer Shamel Pitts employs creativness to construct a personal, poetic narrative about search for identity and striving for survival amidst impermanence.

Cork Man

Director: Dawn Han
Country: United States Of America

Set in industrial noir-esque city, CORK MAN is about a man with a hole in his head trying to hide his deformity until one day he crosses path with a mysterious stranger.

Island

Director: WANG Heze
Country: China

The film respectively represent the two facets of a woman in the eyes of men. The old woman is the spirit and girl is the body.

Le Clochard

Director: Erfan Shafei
Country: Iran

A weird life of two loners who suddenly realize that the world is gonna end.

Lucy in My Eyes

Director: Megan Park
Country: Canada

On the eve of her wedding, Lucy has a conversation with her six year old self.

Mon dernier été

Director: Claude Demers
Country: Canada

During a heat wave in Montreal Tom, 11 years old, meets Edith, also 11. He soon discovers that Édith carries a terrible secret. Tom eventually loses his innocence at the dawn of this first love, which becomes the symbol of his last summer.

REUNION

Director: Ruya Koman
Country: United States Of America

A 25-year-old boy is exploring love with a much older woman. But who is she really?

Scrabble

Director: Merve Gezen
Country: Turkey

Socially and economically different four women (a CEO, a peasant, a prostitute and a high school student) come together to play scrabble. They are shouting their destinies and reflect their tragic endings to the scrabble board by using the power of the words.

Student Films

Der Narr (The Fool)

Director: Korinna Herzig
Country: Germany

Every night, the peaceful streets of Stuttgart are being plagued with the sudden appearance of a dark figure wearing a clown’s mask. Nobody knows what the anonymous person could be up to.

Eliza

Director: ZI Gao
Country: United States Of America

‘Eliza’ centers on a caged phenomena in modern society, where people follow the social rules and their daily routine. Amid a lower middle class family in North America, the film presents an estranged relationship between a single father and his daughter.

Fleur

Director: Oliver Beaujard
Country: Czech Republic

A story of a young motherless boy, his gardener father and their reconciliation in a magical world.

Forest Of Echoes

Director: Luz Olivares Capelle
Country: Austria

A teenager finds the bodies of three drowned kids on the shore of a lagoon. During summer holidays, three kids are playing around a lake when they find a drowned woman drifting in the water. Who is dreaming and who is being dreamed?

Head Above Water

Director: Eric Shahinian
Country: United States Of America

A devoted husband is forced to confront his doubts about remaining the caretaker of his wife suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

My Little Older Brother

Director: Iris Hogendoorn
Country: Belgium, Netherlands

Fien is experiencing a lot of problems with the fact that she is overgrowing her mentally handicapped brother Mees in several ways. However, in the end she realizes she cannot imagine a life without him.

Omar

Directors: Noa Gottesman, Asaf Schwartz
Country:Israel

18 Years old Omer, woke up one day with a thick beard and discovers that he turned out to be Omar, an Arab. His metamorphosis takes place on Israel’s Independence Day. This impossible situation forces Omar to keep his new identity undercover…

On Paper

Director: Nicholas Nazari
Country: United Kingdom

Hamilton is in charge of scrutinising newly-weds applying for a spouse visa. He has to demonstrate the true or false nature of the applicants’ love. His job – finding perfect love, juxtoposes the imperfections of Hamilton’ s unsatisfying life.

Rabbit Blood

Director: Yağmur Altan
Country: United States Of America

Just an ordinary day at an old mysterious Turkish country house where its residents have an extraordinary way of brewing tea.

Standby

Director: Charlotte Regan
Country: United Kingdom

A comedy entirely set in a police patrol car. A emotional roller-coaster accompanied by the capture of criminals from Micky the Irish gypsy to Tyler the gangster rapper.

The Wheels on the Bus

Director: Joshua Long
Country: Australia

A bus breaks down in the North Korean countryside. The two drivers must overcome a series of setbacks to get their bus running again – to deliver their shocking cargo.

Y

Director: Nicolas AUZEINE
Country: France

Pauline, 19, spends her life hanging out with friends and piling up one-night stands. She has decided to avoid love to stop suffering.

Zaar

Director: Ibrahim Nada
Country: United States Of America

Zaar is a suicide bomber who enters a random diner in a terrorist attack but after listening and interacting with the innocent people around him, he questions his intent. Will he do it??!!