10 films to play at ÉCU Film Festival opening ceremony tonight

ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival announces its Opening Ceremony line-up of 10 films from 7 countries, projecting on Friday the 4th of April, 2014 at Cinéma Les 7 Parnassiens in Paris, France beginning at 8 pm.

The films screening are:

Chains of Love, directed by Martina Plura (Germany): The story of a girl who wants to surprise the love of her life - but instead it is she who's surprised.

The Finger, directed by Malika Pellicioli (Switzerland): When a set of siblings attend their father's funeral, the guest of honor at this morbid affair is the expensive ring on the corpse's finger.

Battlecock!, directed by Ben Mallaby (United Kingdom): A short comedy in which two brothers have finally beaten their arch rivals, who are now out for blood - and revenge is a dish best served underarm.

To cut a long story short, directed by Marco Espirito Santo (Portugal): A previously unstoppable rock-n-roller comes up against some formidable twins.

The ballad of bloom, directed by Dan Herlihy (United Kingdom): In this short animation, a neon love story is set within the chemicals of the human brain.

Not Anymore: A STORY OF REVOLUTION; directed by Matthew VanDyke (USA): An intimate and gripping documentary detailing the political upheavals in Syria.

My past life, directed by Sebastian Lindblad (Sweden): A journey through the mind of a man whose idea of love is, to most of us, the very definition of hell.

Vitalic - Fade Away, directed by Romain Chassaing (France): Follow along on a frenzied manhunt between professional killers.

Jiminy, directed by Arthur Molard (France): In the future, when everyone has chips implanted in their brains, where's the ethical line when it comes to tampering with them?

The typewriter, directed by Gabriel Richard (France): A poetic depiction of the fraught relationship between writer and machine.

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During the three day festival, ÉCU 2014 will present 85 films from 32 countries competing in 15 categories for 24 awards, including the festival's highest honor, "Europe's Best Independent Film 2014." In addition to film screenings throughout the weekend, festival attendees can attend an exciting array of professional filmmaking workshops and Director Q&A's. After-parties will be held across the city featuring live musical performances. The festival runs from the 4th to the 6th of April at Cinéma Les 7 Parnassiens in Paris.

In its ninth edition, ÉCU continues to be a discovery point for much of Europe's talented independent filmmakers who are driven by pure passion and the need to make great cinema sans the benefit of large production budgets and constrictions.

Guests are invited to attend an aperitif and watch the Opening Night films on Friday, the 4th of April, with doors opening at 7:00 pm at Cinéma Les 7 Parnassiens in the Montparnasse district. A live concert, brought to you by ÉCU's Official Music Partner, Access Film-Music, will follow the conclusion of the screening beginning at 10h pm at Peniche Concorde Atlantique located at 23, Quai Anatole France, Paris.

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