Écu Official Selection 2020

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is excited to announce its Official Selection of films that will be showcased at the 15th edition of the festival. ÉCU 2020 proudly screened 90 films from 30 countries on the 24th, 25th, and 26th of April 2020 in Paris, France.

Animation

Grandad was a romantic.

Director Maryam Mohajer
Country UK

My grandad was a romantic. He once saw a picture of my granny and realised that she was the love of his life. One day he decided to go meet my granny.

How Countries Fight Their Wars

Directors Thomas Loopstra, Maurice Baltissen
Country Netherlands

How countries fight their wars.

No, I Don’t Want to Dance!

Director Andrea Vinciguerra
Country 
UK

Have you ever had the impression that if you play the right song while a person is, for instance, frantically moving their arms trying to get rid of a bee, it may seem like they’re dancing instead? “No, I Don’t Want to Dance” it’s a stop motion animated short film which aims to raise awareness of how deadly dangerous dance can be.

Mind My Mind

Director Floor Adams
Country Netherlands

When relying on social scripts to survive the social world, it’s not easy to go off-script. Especially if you’re obsessed with German dive bombers and just want to date a girl.

La grande onda

Director Francesco Tortorella
Country 
Italy

The “business turning point” of one of the most brutal and powerful criminal organizations in the world: the ‘Ndrangheta, told through the life and death of a common man..

UNCLE THOMAS, ACCOUNTING FOR THE DAYS

Director Regina Pessoa
Country Portugal

From Regina’s personal and visual memories, a tribute to her uncle Thomas, a 
humble man with a simple and anonymous life. 
This is my acknowledgment how one does not have to be « somebody” to become exceptional in our life.

We_Sounds

Director David Carrizales
Country 
Spain

As human beings, we can’t seem to be able to get over our differences. But, are we really all that different? We_sounds; we’re all but the same.

Arabs

For a kiss in Baghdad

Director Sawat Ghaleb
Country Iraq

Saeed is a young boy who works as a street gas cylinders seller in a poor neighborhood in Baghdad. He is in love with his boss’ daughter. In a big city like Baghdad, these two can’t find a place to kiss. Every time he tries to kiss her something happens.

Manara

Director Zayn Alexander
Country 
Lebanon

Tragedy strikes when the Zayyad family loses its patriarch under mysterious circumstances, leaving the surviving members to fend for themselves within a judgmental community in Southern Lebanon.

Under Cover 

Director Shereen Lani Younes
Country UK

A young woman walks home.

When relying on social scripts to survive the social world, it’s not easy to go off-script. Especially if you’re obsessed with German dive bombers and just want to date a girl.

Under the Lemon Tree

Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country 
Hungary

A father’s heroic struggle and inner journey, over the course of which he realizes he cannot save his daughter from everything. When death finally appears at her side in the figure of a gallant groom, he comes to understand that resisting a greater power is futile.

Comedy

Straight Faces

Director Rally Ridberg
Country UK

A satirical exploration of homophobia in young men.

A Family Affair

Director Florence Keith-Roach
Country UK

When Annabelle wakes up in a stranger’s bedroom on her 30th birthday, she thinks the day cannot get any worse. But then Bernard walks in…

A Jar of Nuts

Director Savvas Stavrou
Country 
Cyprus

Still living at home, a lonely forty-year old devises an intricate plan to take his life after his mother dies. As the day progresses, he allows excuses, to stop him, oblivious to the true reason behind his stalling.

Dispersion

Director Florence Keith-Roach
Country UK

A man uses an automated funeral homes company to bury his mother.

Koekoek!

Director Jörgen Scholtens
Country 
Netherlands

Absurd comedy about a lonely man who lives inside a cuckoo clock. Every hour he straps himself into his ejection seat and shoots through the doors of the clock. “Cuckoo!” He yells, “Cuckoo!” His work is of vital importance.

EU Documentary

Vivir Bailando

Director Inma de Reyes
Country UK

When Cari became a widow she lost both the love of her life and her dancing companion. But she is a phenomenal woman who bounces back with wit, make-up and music. On meeting Vincente, Cari gets a second chance at teenage love, even if it means living in isolation.

FRAM

Directors Thomas Freundlich, Valtteri Raekallio 
Countries Finland, Norway

Fram is a documentary and travel film about two friends journeying to the end of the earth, in order to make a dance film in the polar wilderness of Svalbard.

Never give up

Director Jonathan Schörnig
Country 
Germany

In 2014 Mekon had to flee Nigeria after his parents were murdered.

Revelation of Jonah

Directors Alexander Gratovsky, Nicole Gratovsky
Country Spain

A philosophical journey into the eternal questions on the nature and purpose of mankind and our communication with the world. Third film of the trilogy.

Shadows of Light

Director Walter Fanninger
Country
Austria

A film about a festival that celebrates the summer solstice with heavy metal sounds and archaic fire rituals. With Bartholomäus Resch as massive and incorruptible host, blending traditional and modern culture and various styles of musical performance, as well as ancient nature and cosmic spirituality.

EU Feat

Shibil

Director Nikola Bozadzhiev
Country Bulgaria

This is a story of impossible love, seen through the eyes of an unexpected character: the incarnated soul of the main character – his horse.

EU Short

Anna

Director Dekel Berenson
Country Ukraine, Israel, UK

When Cari became a widow she lost both the love of her life and her dancing companion. But she is a phenomenal woman who bounces back with wit, make-up and music. On meeting Vincente, Cari gets a second chance at teenage love, even if it means living in isolation.

Three Times / Tres Veces

Director Paco Ruiz
Country 
Spain 

Mario is at home alone. His parents are gone and it will take them a while to return. Enough time for their son to arrange a sex date on the Internet with a total stranger.

Daughter

Directors Christian Kinde
Countries UK

Since the death of her mother, Lilah has begrudgingly taken on her mum’s role in the family home. Lilah makes the choice to flee with Jimmy, putting her family’s forgiveness to the ultimate test.

George the dog, refugee

Director Tomasz Wiński
Country 
Czech Republic

Anna and Lizzie share a flat with George – a tax consultant who thinks he is a dog. George supports them and does whatever makes them satisfied. He agrees to their strict rules: at home, he may only walk on all fours, isn’t allowed to speak, must lick their feet and obey every order. Girls abuse their power because George lets them do that. They think that he enjoys torture from their hands, so they keep degrading him. But in the end, George’s soul revolts – his inner man awakens and he seeks a cruel revenge, breaking free.

IM HÄUSCHEN VON HERRN VAN DEN BRINK

Director Björn Renner
Country Germany

In this modern fairy tale the two small-time crooks Heiko and Marcello end up in the hut of Mr. van den Brink. Having fled the police they hide in a garden house but then wake up with their hands and feet bound. From now on the owner of their hiding place, Mr. van den Brink, is calling the shots. 

La gita / The school trip

Director Salvatore Allocca
Country
Italy

‘La Gita’ is a teenage story, focused on an Italian girl of second generation who realizes for the first time in her young life what it is to be different from others. She must find the strength to accept herself and continue despite everything.

La regina si addormenta dove vuole

Director Lorenzo Tiberia
Country Italy

Rebecca is a four-year-old girl who, driven by her parents’ quarrel, escapes from her bedroom and hides in the garden of a nursing home.

Nachricht 

Director Lukas Turtur
Country 
Germany

After not seeing each other for a long time, a couple meets again in a hotel room in Paris. They have to cope with trust, love, longing and finding each other again in this globalized world where communication is constantly available and where intimacy remains a dangerous challenge.

NAIDA

Director Yury Sholin
Country Russian Federation

The stray dog of Naida becomes the only friend of the severe security guard Sergey who lost meaning of life after loss of the family. But he should make difficult a choice soon….

Superhero

Director Émile V. Schlesser
Country 
Luxembourg

Max, a young man with Down syndrome, stakes on a superhero identity to muster the courage to profess his love to a childhood friend. Showing up uninvited at her farewell party, he soon finds himself involved in a test of courage which goes horribly wrong.

The Call Centre 

Director Louisa Connolly-Burnham
Country UK

Paige spends her days setting up people’s life insurance in a drab North London call centre. She is bored of her life, longing for intimacy and connection that she unexpectedly finds on the phone to a charming customer called David.

The Walking Fish

Director Thessa Meijer
Country 
Netherlands

An ambitious amphibian sea-creature wants to venture into the human world. Her dream to evolve is so strong that she overcomes the physical boundaries of her fish-body and transforms into a human being. But even as a young woman will she ever be content?

Unf*ckable / Imbaisable

Director Siham Hinawi
Country Belgium

A 40-year-old self-conscious cop spends a night on duty which will push her over the edge

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Director Mads Koudal
Country 
Denmark

A woman’s lifelong relationship with her disabled daughter is changed forever when she receives an unwanted letter.

Doppio Sei 

Director Pierluigi Braca, Luigi Montebello
Country Italy

Fiumicino. 1996. Two lovers, one game. The violent end of a relationship through the faces of a dice.

Films from the Smog Years

Director Michal Zadara, Barbara Wysocka
Country 
Poland 

The air in Warsaw, Poland is extremely polluted.  A director tries to film the poison that we inhale every day, but the obstacles are institutional, emotional, and practical.

Flora

Director Javier Kühn
Country Spain

A Victorian story about life, death, and everything in between.

REA

Director Joanna Bielinski
Country 
Germany 

Oliver Helfrich and his wife Rea lead a family life dominated by violence and psychological terror. In the middle is their baby son Jonas.

Suburb / Vorstadt

Director Nikolas Juergens
Country Germany

In the dull wasteland of the suburbs, a group of teenagers’ desire to grow strength and get recognition transforms into violence against the weak. Tenderness becomes a taboo.

Terry Mac 

Director Pablo Robertson de Unamuno
Country 
UK

Terry is disillusioned with inner city life. As he wanders the streets of London at night some strange characters start to appear, beckoning him on a journey where he must confront his demons from the past.

The Last Kick

Director James Skinner
Country UK

Fuelled by drink and without a plan, Tom has kidnapped the retired football coach who once abused him. As he confronts the past he risks destroying a bright future with his daughter.

The Manchador

Director Kaveh Tehrani
Country 
Norway

Mina and Saeed live a stressful life in the Iranian capital, Tehran. Being a woman in Iran is not particularly easy and Mina sees a future for the family elsewhere. She wants to move abroad, but Saeed then invents a device that places the responsibility for the hijab where it belongs – with the men whose gaze women need protection from.

The Manchador is a satire about life in modern day Tehran, seeing, our senses, and spirituality

Experimental

Once Upon Another

Director Chuck George Tsioutsias
Country UK

‘Once Upon Another’ is a visual narrative that challenges the notion of traditional sculpture and its relationship with surrounding spaces. It consists of a series of vignettes of installations (or in this case sculptures) that live in grand architectural landscapes.

THEM

Director Robin Lochmann
Country Germany

In a forgotten village, where everyone is cut from the same cloth, a new, self-proclaimed leader arrives changing the local way of life. Dividing lines are carved out as the once unified society is torn and segregated. THEM is a cautionary tale of misguided ideologies, destructive leadership and of being an outsider. But most importantly, it is a film about celebrating what we have in common rather than what separates us.

Revolution

Director Justin Bentvelsen
Country
Netherlands

Screens occupy the majority of our daily lives, perhaps unconsciously. CGI is becoming more realistic and dominant every day. This increasingly blurs the boundary between reality and the alternative “reality” of the CGI world.

Music Video 

Adagio for Strings and Storm

Director Ivan Yudin
Country Russia 

Official music video for Adagio for Strings and Storm by Nico Cartosio.

Agoria – Call of the Wild

Director Loïc Andrieu
Country 
France 

Throughout a cinematic video, director Loïc Andrieu introduces a new female hero high-concept. It features Jane, an enigmatic L.A.P.D officer, forced to face her Orphic power to dive into death

Alpha 

Director Simone Marangi
Country Italy 

A dark trip through vice and desire.

Bass Astral x IGO “Feeling Exactly”

Director Grajper
Country 
Poland 

The protagonist’s dilemmas and his inability to recognize his emotions was the film’s starting point. Set in a psychiatric hospital, the film touches on the dark history of hospitals and their mistreated patients.

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Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country Hungary

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EARLY WEDDING

Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country 
Hungary

A father’s heroic struggle and inner journey, over the course of which he realizes he cannot save his daughter from everything. When death finally appears at her side in the figure of a gallant groom, he comes to understand that resisting a greater power is futile.

Non-EU Documentary

CALIFORNIA ON FIRE

Directors Lynn Montgomery
Country USA

Grace Fisher was an active musician and dancer until a rare spine disease almost derailed her budding career.

Amazing Grace 

Directors Lynn Montgomery
Country USA

Grace Fisher was an active musician and dancer until a rare spine disease almost derailed her budding career.

AUSTRALIA’S LOST IMPRESSIONIST – JOHN RUSSELL

Director Australia
Country 
Hungary

Who was John Russell and why has he been largely overlooked by mainstream art history?

NON-EU Feature

Adverse

Director Brian A. Metcalf
Country USA

A rideshare driver, suffering from mental illness, discovers that his sister is in debt to a dangerous crime syndicate.

THE JOURNEY OF A MURDER

Director Jun Wang
Country 
China

Sha Tao is a village girl with mental disorders who gets involved in a money transaction of ghost marriage.

NON-EU SHORT

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Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country Hungary

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EARLY WEDDING

Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country 
Hungary

A father’s heroic struggle and inner journey, over the course of which he realizes he cannot save his daughter from everything. When death finally appears at her side in the figure of a gallant groom, he comes to understand that resisting a greater power is futile.

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Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country Hungary

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EARLY WEDDING

Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country 
Hungary

A father’s heroic struggle and inner journey, over the course of which he realizes he cannot save his daughter from everything. When death finally appears at her side in the figure of a gallant groom, he comes to understand that resisting a greater power is futile.

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Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country Hungary

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EARLY WEDDING

Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country 
Hungary

A father’s heroic struggle and inner journey, over the course of which he realizes he cannot save his daughter from everything. When death finally appears at her side in the figure of a gallant groom, he comes to understand that resisting a greater power is futile.

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Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country Hungary

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EARLY WEDDING

Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country 
Hungary

A father’s heroic struggle and inner journey, over the course of which he realizes he cannot save his daughter from everything. When death finally appears at her side in the figure of a gallant groom, he comes to understand that resisting a greater power is futile.

Anacronte

Directors Raúl Koler, Emiliano Sette
Country Argentina, Mexico

Since the timeless night, on the life’s plains, humanity faces the Sorcerers of Evil’s indefeasible designs…

Butterfly

Director Bonnie Foster
Country 
USA

A fashion model leaves her life for the desert and meets a mysterious stranger who finally brings the change she’s been looking for.

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Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country Hungary

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EARLY WEDDING

Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country 
Hungary

A father’s heroic struggle and inner journey, over the course of which he realizes he cannot save his daughter from everything. When death finally appears at her side in the figure of a gallant groom, he comes to understand that resisting a greater power is futile.

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Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country Hungary

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Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country Hungary

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EARLY WEDDING

Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country 
Hungary

A father’s heroic struggle and inner journey, over the course of which he realizes he cannot save his daughter from everything. When death finally appears at her side in the figure of a gallant groom, he comes to understand that resisting a greater power is futile.

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Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country Hungary

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Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country Hungary

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Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country Hungary

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EARLY WEDDING

Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country 
Hungary

A father’s heroic struggle and inner journey, over the course of which he realizes he cannot save his daughter from everything. When death finally appears at her side in the figure of a gallant groom, he comes to understand that resisting a greater power is futile.

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Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country Hungary

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EARLY WEDDING

Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country 
Hungary

A father’s heroic struggle and inner journey, over the course of which he realizes he cannot save his daughter from everything. When death finally appears at her side in the figure of a gallant groom, he comes to understand that resisting a greater power is futile.

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Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country Hungary

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EARLY WEDDING

Directors Csaba Vekes, Tamás Olt
Country 
Hungary

A father’s heroic struggle and inner journey, over the course of which he realizes he cannot save his daughter from everything. When death finally appears at her side in the figure of a gallant groom, he comes to understand that resisting a greater power is futile.