Écu Official Selection 2019

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is thrilled to announce its Official Selection of films that will be showcased at the 14th edition of the festival. ÉCU 2019 will proudly screen 80 films from 30 countries on the 5th, 6th and 7th of April 2019 in Paris, France.

Non European Dramatic Short

A STONE’S THROW

Directors Luke Wissell
Country Australia

After a truck driver is killed by a rock thrown from an overpass, teenage schoolgirl Hannah runs from the scene and is hit by a car. Looking after her in a hospital, the parents are torn between protecting their daughter at all costs and doing what is right. What they uncovered cuts to the heart of an even more important crisis within their family.

HUMAN SUN

Directors Carl Bird McLaughlin
Country United States

The sun, it is our star, and it is always burning. Imagine yourself as that ball of fire. Emitting light not just for yourself, but for all to feel.

OVER THE WALL

Directors Roy Zafrani
Country 
United States

A coincidental meeting between an Israeli boy and a Palestinian boy leads them to discover that reality is different than what they have been told.

SALVADOR

Directors Manuel Paz Ochoa
Country United States

SIKLUS

Directors Louis Minnaar
Country 
South Africa

SKIN

Directors Guy Nattiv
Country United States

In a small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10-year-old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.

STREAMS

Directors Lance Heybrock
Country 
United States

Two men; one of them sensitive and nervous, the other bolstered and confident, engage in a battle of streams and ego in a public restroom.

THE MASTER OF CUCHILLO

Director Rodrigo S. Gonzalez
Country Mexico

The story of Timoteo, a chef who only knows what he doesn’t want.

THE MOUSE

Director Liat Akta
Country 
Israel

A hard-working family in an Israeli suburb in the seventies. Through the kids’ point of view, we follow the message adults deliver to their children and how that shapes the adults they’ll become.

THE SCORPION TALE

Director Jhosimar Vasquez
Country United States

Greed, revenge and death all impact one another in this crime drama. Nothing is what is seems in this film written and produced by Maximiliano Hernández and directed by newcomer Jhosimar Vasquez.

THE SHIPMENT

Director Bobby Bala
Country 
United States

Unable to afford the repairs to his old broken ship, a struggling interplanetary transporter becomes stranded with his young daughter on a wretched spaceport as his morality is put to the ultimate test.

European Dramatic Short

ANOTHER WORLD

Director Christina Hardinge
Country United Kingdom

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

ASHMINA

Director Dekel Berenson
Country 
UK, Nepal

Nestled between a beautiful lake and the Himalayas, Ashmina, 13, lives with her family at the outskirts of Pokhara Nepal, paragliding capital of the world. Forced to skip school, Ashmina helps her family make ends meet by working at the landing field, packing the parachutes of foreign pilots in return of small change.

BLIGHT

Director Raphaël Crombez
Country Belgium

Elias and Nora discover that their daughter Léa is the fountain of life in human form. Through mutual contact with water, she can cure anyone of anything. But it’s not without consequence.

DEATH OF THE FATHER

Director Vasileios Douskos
Country 
Greece

A 45-year-old alcoholic writer, is visiting his deceased father’s house to reconcile with a rejection that haunts him.

EVERYTHING YOU DIDN’T SAY

Director Charlie Reader
Country United Kingdom

A couple voice the deepest doubts they have about their relationship over a pleasant meal at home.

JOC

Director Andreea Valean
Country 
Romania

Dani, a 12 year old boy toils in the busy stop-light traffic selling cold water to support his family. He attempts to pay off all their debts by betting all his money in a game organized by children with cardboard boxes on the streetcar tracks.

LOST IN CARRANZA

Director Marin Troude
Country France

In the night of october 12th 2015, Pablo Carranza falls back into hard drugs, despite his sobriety and battle against his addictions and old demons for many years. Alone in his apartment, eaten by regrets and guilt, he decides to confess himself by leaving a last voice message to his first love.

MY MOTHER

Director Juliana Erazo
Country 
Netherlands

Animated documentary about 3 generations of mothers and daughters of a colombian family, talking about their struggles and overcomings in order to make their children’s life better.

MISS

Director Drew Pautz
Country United Kingdom

A conscientious English teacher receives a short story depicting her violent death.

PIGGY

Director Carlota Martínez Pereda
Country 
Spain

Sara is an overweight teen that lives in the shadow of a clique of cool girls vacationing in her village. After being bullied at the local pool, she has to walk home wearing nothing but her bikini – and this walk will mark her for life.

PARADISE LOST

Director Bruno Brejt
Country Poland

The late 1960s. Moved by a sudden impulse, a man comes to recollect long-lost aspects of his own life. This unleashes an avalanche of memories, along with a wave of primal fears.

SALAM

Director Claire Fowler
Country 
United Kingdom

A female Lyft driver navigates the night shift in New York City while waiting to hear life-or-death news from her family in Syria.

SHIFT CHANGE

Director Federico Untermann
Country Spain

Alicia and Vero are room watchmen in an art gallery and only see each other during shift change. A work of art will test their feelings.

“>SYDNEY

Director Paul Wyett
Country 
Hungary

Sydney was given up for adoption at birth. Later, she meets someone in London to help her find out who she really is.

THE NINE BILLION NAMES OF GOD

Director Dominique Filhol
Country France

1957, New York. A Tibetan monk rents an automatic sequence computer. The monks seek to list all of the names of God, and they hire two Westerners to install and program the machine.

THE TERRIBLE TALE OF HENRIETTA TATE

Director Tom Beckwith Phillips
Country 
United Kingdom

Enslaved by her captors and battling with amnesia, Bubble Girl, a corporate mascot to a popular drink, is wrongfully imprisoned for theft on a train journey. Thrown into the prisoner’s car, her memory begins to return, and the terrible truth of her past is revealed with spectacular consequences.

THIRD KIND

Director Yorgos Zois
Country Greece, Croatia

Earth has been abandoned long time now and the human race has found refuge in outer space. Three new archeologists return to Earth to investigate where a mysterious five tone signal is coming from.

“>SEVEN

Director Solmaz Gholami
Country 
Germany

Seven Minutes and Thirty One Seconds” is about an 18-year-old girl who is sentenced to death after being raped under the Islamic Republic of Iran criminal law because she cannot prove that she defended herself.

Student Film

BEHIND THE DREAM

Director Chih-Yuan Lu
Country Taiwan

We follow the main protagonist Lin Hsian’s dream before his death. He incarnates himself as a young actor Lin-Wu who plays a role of a detective called Wu, who’s investigating the reason behind the death of a 13-year-old teenage star.

BUTTERFLY DAUGHTER

Director Viktoria Szemeredy
Country 
Hungary

A 12-year-old girl leaves a reformatory to join her elder sister and her grandmother in a remote village. She is desperate to get back to her mother, and turns to social media to get in touch with her.  But a child in need of care and attention is an easy prey for a criminal lurking behind a false profile.

CHANDELIER

Director Antonis Glaros
Country Greece

Menis Nolakis, an army officer, is trapped in a dark box. Soon he realizeS that it is his coffin, on his funeral day. He will inevitably come face to face with all the important people of his life for the final encounter… and the twists and turns are just around the corner of Hades.

ENOUGH

Director  Anna Mantzaris
Country 
United Kingdom

Moments of lost self-control.

LEAD

Director Benjamin Leichtenstern
Country Germany

Bavaria 1866. Alois has lost his will to live, marked by the brutal fights of the war, and shuts himself away from the outside world into the cold mountains. When the deserted Friedrich steals his life’s savings, Alois’ spirits are revived.

“>PIG HEART

Director Artjom Baranov
Country 
Germany

Elli has a heart disease. She urgently needs a transplant, or she’ll die. There is no hope in finding one, but a heart specialist has a new idea: transplanting the heart of a genetically modified pig. Elli’s mother wants to risk trying, but Elli, being vegan, says no.

REVERIE

Director Philip Louis Piaget Rodriguez
Country Denmark

Deep in the harsh countryside, where life fades with every breath, a boy tormented with grief battles an inescapable beast.

SEX ED

Director Alice Seabright
Country 
United Kingdom

Ed teaches Sex Education in schools, a job he usually loves. But today, it’s the last thing he wants to do.

SOLITAIRE

Director Elena Brodach
Country Russia

Alexandra, a French architect working on a significant project in Moscow, is an intelligent, driven and independent career woman. But when her life’s desire turns to having a child, and with her biological clock ticking, she is suddenly faced with a serious choice: does she have the time to wait for love or must she take responsibility to have a child alone?

THE FIFTH OF JULY

Director Melissa Roukoz
Country 
Lebanon

On his bulldozer, the old Bchara, surrounded by weapons and bloodshed remains a man of great convictions by only burying the dead bodies left by the war.

THE FOUR OF US

Director Daria Locher
Country Switzerland

Shot on the hunt, the short film deals with the dynamics of a group and its consequences. The roles of the hunters and the filmmaker are mixed up and the individual perspectives on the events are influenced by each other.

VONNIS

Director Walt Bladt
Country 
Belgium

After selling his cattle, Linus’s loneliness takes over and slowly his reality turns into a nightmare.

WELCOME TO PARIS

Director Joon Ho Moon
Country France

A divorced woman, Clodette, stops by a small isolated gas station on her way to Paris. Clodette comes across a Syrian woman who begs her for some coins and ignores her. Suddenly, the Syrian woman violently tries to wrestle Clodette, who escapes the gas station driving away. After she drove few miles away from the gas station, Clodette finds out why she was attacked by the Syrian woman.

Arab Special Selection

BEFORE WE HEAL

Director Nadim Hobeika
Country Lebanon

Saleem and Raya meet at Raya’s place. Saleem enters the toilet and somehow gets stuck. Between the inside and the outside, trials and disappointments, laughter and hope, memories and screams, are all being shared at the doorstep.

FACES IN THE SUN

Director Farah Shaer
Country 
Lebanon, USA

Batoul, an apprentice prayer surrogate, doubts the reason why her mentor asked her to have an off day from work. This doubt leads her back to the office and down a path with unexpected consequences.

RÜYA

Director Carlos Haidamous
Country Lebanon

Desperate to see her parent’s face, a young girl learns dream control in an attempt to meet them for the first time.

THE SHADOW OF CAIRO

Director Tara Sehata
Country 
UK, Egypt

After her mother’s death, Maya, an ordinary Egyptian girl, sets out to become a Superhero vigilante.

VEILED

Director Tala Nahas
Country UK

All of time is shrouded in the mystery of the Jinn, the unseen veiled figures with the power to possess humans. Whilst looking for answers about the death of her father, photographer Valerie is unknowingly drawn in to the most unholy of love triangles.

European Music Video

BIRTHPLACE

Director Jorik Dozy, Sil van der Woerd
Country Indonesia, Netherlands

The symbolic story of a man arriving on a perfect Earth, who encounters his nemesis in the form of ocean pollution.

“>CELLO

Director  Alberto Nacci
Country 
Italy

The relationship between a Swiss musician, Alessandra Doninelli, and her musical instrument, the cello.

GAME LOVER

Director Roman Przylipiak
Country Poland

Young woman after quarrel with a man comes out on the balcony to light a cigarette. He wonders how to solve this conflict. She makes a decision and returns to the man waiting in the room at the table.

INDOCHINE – STATION 13

Director Bouha Kazmi
Country 
Indochine

“Station 13” depicts the representation of what initially appears to be ordinary men persecuted by society, and who are later revealed to be angels.

KNOTS

Director Zak Emerson
Country UK

Music Video for Ben Chatwin’s “Knots” directed by Zak Emerson (Merman).

STRANGE JEALOUSY – CRØM-LUS

Director Georgios Cherouvim
Country 
UK

Inspired by nature and the behavior of slime mold, a set of artificial agents react to the performance of the singer in an attempt to reconstruct the image and motion of the live action footage.

SUBMISSION

Director Savvas Stavrou
Country UK

Two wrestlers in love, and the toxic masculinity that tears them apart.

European Comedy Film

JOINT CUSTODY

Director Carlus Fábrega
Country Spain

Joint custody is the little story of a brief encounter between Carlos and Carmen to exchange their dear Pablito, whose custody they share. Carlos hasn’t gotten over the breakup yet, and he tries to use Pablo to reconnect with Carmen, although the differences between them are already insurmountable.

LE MAL BLEU

Directors Anaïs Tellenne, Zoran Boukherma
Country 
France

Even though Marie-Pierre is very self-confident, she has an unhealthy jealousy. It’s been months since she last satisfied her husband, Jean-Louis, and although he is a docile man, she is convinced that he will eventually cheat on her.

PATER FAMILIAS

Director Giacomo Boeri
Country Italy

August is a man about 50 years old. Home alone, he finds his teenage son’s forgotten cell phone, and that’s when he decides to join a game – involving mainly trying to find ways to take a picture of himself.

European Experimental Film

“>EL HOR

Director Dianne Lucille Campbell
Country UK

Through the inter species gaze we observe one of the most ancient and highly honored dog breeds, the Saluki. Guiding us in love, preparing us in death and transforming us in life.

STILL LIVES

Director  Elli Vuorinen
Country 
Finland

Still Lives is an experimental stop motion animation starring traditional figurines from folk art from various times and places.

TALKING CURE

Director Roman Przylipiak
Country Poland

Young woman after quarrel with a man comes out on the balcony to light a cigarette. He wonders how to solve this conflict. She makes a decision and returns to the man waiting in the room at the table.

European Animated Film

“>HAPPY ENDING

Director EunJu Ara Choi
Country UK

Documentary animation based on the anonymous online testimony of a Korean prostitute, who explores her body and reflect on prejudices.

AUGENBLICKEA BLINK OF AN EYE

Director Kiana Naghshineh
Country 
Germany

Three perceptions of only one truth – hers, his and ours.

INANIMATE

Director Lucia Bulgheroni
Country UK

Inanimate is a classic stop motion film about Katrine, who realises the fakeness in her world & how she’s a mere puppet herself.

MAMOON

Directors Ben Steer
Country 
UK

Told entirely using projected animation onto polystyrene film sets, Mamoon follows the story of a mother and her infant child who are forced to leave their home when mysterious, dark figures shadows the light in which they exist.

Non European Documentary

DRUMMER GIRL

Director Sophie Hexter
Country Australia

Renee Kelly is a prodigious rock drummer, who’s also completely blind. Moving between past reflections and future dreams, Renee’s story reveals a passionate and determined artist, set to a bold musical score.

A WORK IN PROGRESS: ALBERT MILGROM’S CINEMA JOURNEY

Director  Philip Harder
Country 
USA

At age 96 Al Milgrom, a lifelong film fanatic, professor and entrepreneur, has been working for over 60 years filming around world at times and places which were restricted to the public.

WOMEN IN THE GULAG

Director Zak Emerson
Country UK

Women of the Gulag, features six women in their eighties and nineties as they tell their stories while going about their daily lives in remote Urals villages, in break-away Sukhumi, or in Moscow suburbs.

Non European Dramatic Feature

CELESTE

Director Ben Hackworth
Country Australia

Hidden from the world at a crumbling estate in lush tropical Far North Queensland, Celeste anxiously reaches out to Jack, her late husband’s son, inviting him to return to the languid, sprawling family home for her much-anticipated recital. Jack’s reappearance after a long absence stirs up unsettling memories, pulling them both into a mutually precarious orbit.

IN GOD I TRUST

Directors Maja Zdanowski
Country 
Canada

Redemption, violence and faith define a young black man, a reckless white nationalist and a pair of traveling vacationers during a random encounter within Northern Idaho, in this suspenseful drama by Maja Zdanowski. First time director Maja Zdanowski wastes no time taking us deep into the unpredictable and intense realities of race and religion in America.

“>THAT DISAPPEARANCE

Director Hiro Kano
Country Japan

The talented detective Matsui is investigating a serial stalker, who has a new victim – a third female. When the thread of the case connects Matsui with deep scars from his past, tragedy ensues.

European Documentary

IN THE DARK ROOM

Director Luigi Abanto Varese
Country Spain

Meeting with the famous Spanish photographer, Cristina Garcia Rodero, member of the Magnum Photos Agency. A conversation rescued from the box of all those visual memories that come to mind while processing my photos in the solitude of the Dark Room

NO LIES

Director Kiana Naghshineh
Country 
Austria

“No Lies” is a short-documentary about quality journalism and fake news.

SHE IS THE OCEAN

Director Inna Blokhina
Country Russia

Nine extraordinary women from the four corners of the globe share a profound love for the Sea

“>THE QUIET REBEL

Directors Carol Cassier
Country 
France

The controversial story of radical feminist artist Casey Jenkins: her rise to internet fame, and the shame after a particular performance.

European Dramatic Feature

I LOVE MY MUM

Director Alberto Sciamma
Country UK

A road movie that follows a mother and her son through an absurd journey out of their home in Europe into the unknown-and back again.

PERFECT PRESENT

Director  Martijn Hullegie
Country 
Netherlands

An awkward reunion dinner between three flawed brothers who all have a hidden agenda descends into chaos when the woman they all love announces her pregnancy without revealing the father’s identity.

RWANDA

Director Riccardo Salvetti
Country Italy

A man, a woman, and their families. The fastest and most systematic genocide in history. He is Hutu, she is Tutsi. He must kill. She must die. A fate like so many others in that bloody spring….But this time there is a slight difference: When you reopen your eyes, you are in their place and the choice is only yours now.

TO TOKYO

Directors Caspar Seale
Country 
UK, South Africa

Redemption, violence and faith define a young black man, a reckless white nationalist and a pair of traveling vacationers during a random encounter within Northern Idaho, in this suspenseful drama by Maja Zdanowski. First time director Maja Zdanowski wastes no time taking us deep into the unpredictable and intense realities of race and religion in America.