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My Life as a Zucchini

About

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Based on the book Autobiographie d’une Courgette by Gilles Paris, Claude Barras’s first feature-length stop-motion animated film explores difficult subject matter with a delicate touch.

Icare is a nine-year-old only child living with his alcoholic mother, who calls him “Zucchini.” After an unfortunate accident, he is sent to a group home, which is hostile at first, but he slowly becomes more comfortable there as he learns more about the other children. Through the friendships he develops with them—particularly a young girl named Camille—and the attention of Raymond, a well-meaning policeman, Zucchini finds the strength to overcome his own personal tragedy and embrace life and the future.

Barras’s imaginative storytelling, coupled with an exquisite script by Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, 2015 Sundance Film Festival), weaves a heartwarming tale that deals with dark themes with sensitivity and humor in a way that is accessible to young audiences.

Please note: This film may be challenging for some younger viewers: it includes discussions about sex, accidental death, abuse, suicide, alcoholism, and drugs.

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YEAR 2016

SECTION Kids

COUNTRY Switzerland/France

RUN TIME 68 min

COMPANY GKIDS

WEBSITE http://gkids.com

EMAIL theatrical@gkids.com

PHONE (212) 528-0500

Credits

Director
Screenwriter
Artistic Director
Animator
Director Of Photography
Sound Design
Editor
Production Designer
Producers
Music
English Language Version Producers
Actor

Artist Bio

Claude Barras

Before directing his first feature film, My Life as a Zucchini, Claude Barras directed several short films including The Genie in a Ravioli Can, which received numerous awards at film festivals around the world. Barras's unique connection with childhood transcends time and age differences; he has the rare gift of being able to make you laugh and cry at the same time. His stories are filled with realism and fantasy, humor and poetry.