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'Charlie Casanova' to have European premiere at ÉCU Festival in Paris

7th Mar 2011

Irish feature Charlie Casanova, independently written, produced and directed by Terry McMahon, has been selected for to have its European Premiere at the ÉCU European Independent Film Festival, which will showcase 77 films from 26 countries from the 1st-3rd April in Paris, France.

"Several hundred independent filmmakers from around the world will be in Paris to participate in the ÉCU" explains Scott Hillier, President of ÉCU. "The European Independent Film Festival continues its commitment to being at the centre of discovery, promotion and projection of the very best independent filmmaking talent from around the world. ÉCU will showcase filmmakers whose films demonstrate quality, innovation and independence in both form and content. There are twelve categories of films in this highly esteemed competitive festival. While ÉCU's goal is to bring worldwide attention to European independent filmmakers, there are also four foreign categories open to independent filmmakers from the Americas, Africa and Asia."

Charlie Casanova is the only Irish film to be selected for the ÉCU 2011 festival and its European Premiere will be only two weeks after its World Premiere on March 13th at the SXSW International Film Festival in Austin, Texas where it is the first non-American film to be selected in six years for the Narrative Feature Competition and the first Irish film ever selected. The film received funding from BSÉ/IFB.

Reacting to the ÉCU European Independent Film Festival selection, writer-director, McMahon said, "Having adored so much French cinema, to be screening Charlie Casanova on the Boulevard du Montparnasse is incredible because the ghosts of all the French movies I love are on those streets and we are honoured to be having the European Premiere of Charlie Casanova in such a vital and cinema literate city."

For further information on Charlie Casanova visit www.charliecasanovathemovie.com

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