My Life as a Zucchini

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Switzerland | 2016 | 70 Minutes | Claude Barras

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After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own.

From its debut in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes to winning audience awards at Annecy, Melbourne and Angoulême, this accomplished debut feature from director Claude Barras, based on a script from acclaimed writer/director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy), has received an overwhelming response from audiences worldwide, and is shortlisted as Switzerland’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards®. Brought to life through memorable character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow, and joy, and stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart.

"Lovingly told and gorgeously rendered." - Boyd van Hoej, Hollywood Reporter

"On one hand, the cartoon is never afraid to be cute, but more importantly, it's committed to being real." - Peter Debruge, Variety

"A reminder that being gifted such a tender and thoughtful observation of childhood is all too rare unless Sciamma is involved." - Sarah Ward, ArtsHub

  • Original Language Title: Ma vie de Courgette
  • Director: Claude Barras
  • Principal Cast: Gaspard Shclatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, Amy Sedaris
  • Country: Switzerland, France
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 70 Minutes
  • Screenplay: Céline Sciamma
  • Language: French