2017 Academy Award® Nominee
After premiering to rave reviews at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Claude Barras’s poignant, stop-motion animated film went on to earn Golden Globe and Academy Award® nominations for Best Animated Feature. My Life as a Zucchini follows nine-year-old Courgette (Zucchini), who—after the accidental death of his alcoholic single mother—is placed in a foster home, where he meets the rambunctious group of misfits and orphans who will become his surrogate family. Based on a script by acclaimed writer-director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Being 17), and featuring wonderfully naturalistic vocal performances from its young cast, My Life as a Zucchini’s light-hearted, yet refreshingly forthright representation of serious social issues recalls classic coming-of-age films like Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows. Carefully crafted using traditional stop-motion techniques, the film envisions a bright, tactile, subtly expressive world that moves gracefully between fantasy and reality.
Director Claude Barras 2016 Switzerland/France 70 minutes PG-13 (for thematic elements and suggestive material) DCP