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    My Life as a Zucchini

    Directed by Claude Barras
    Switzerland/France | 70 minutes | Awards Buzz-Best Foreign Language Film

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    My Life as a Zucchini

    Directed by Claude Barras
    Switzerland/France | 70 minutes | Awards Buzz-Best Foreign Language Film

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    My Life as a Zucchini

    Directed by Claude Barras
    Switzerland/France | 70 minutes | Awards Buzz-Best Foreign Language Film

  • View Trailer

    My Life as a Zucchini

    Directed by Claude Barras
    Switzerland/France | 70 minutes | Awards Buzz-Best Foreign Language Film

  • View Trailer

    My Life as a Zucchini

    Directed by Claude Barras
    Switzerland/France | 70 minutes | Awards Buzz-Best Foreign Language Film

  • View Trailer

    My Life as a Zucchini

    Directed by Claude Barras
    Switzerland/France | 70 minutes | Awards Buzz-Best Foreign Language Film

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    My Life as a Zucchini

    Directed by Claude Barras
    Switzerland/France | 70 minutes | Awards Buzz-Best Foreign Language Film

Delightful, brightly-colored stop-motion animation makes this sensitive coming-of-age story about an orphan nicknamed Zucchini all but irresistible. Submitted for the Academy Award® in the Animated Feature category and again as Switzerland’s FLO entry, it will charm children and adults alike. Winner: Best Feature and Audience Award, Annecy.

Schedule

January 10, 2017 5:00 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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January 14, 2017 10:00 AM Palm Springs High School Tickets not available
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film synopsis

Not all stop-motion animated films are only for children, as titles such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Fantastic Mr Fox have made clear. And neither is My Life as a Zucchini, in which a little boy, nicknamed Zucchini, is placed in an orphanage after he inadvertently kills his alcoholic mother (the accident occurs off-screen).

Visually, the colors are bright and the characters look somewhat naïve, with their huge eyes in their huge heads. But emotionally, the film is finely chiseled and very mature as it charts how Zucchini and his equally parentless peers slowly come into their own, with the help of each other, and a handful of those crazy older creatures: adults.

The young and talented Swiss filmmaker Claude Barras has an ace up his sleeve in the form of French writer/director Celine Sciamma, a coming-of-age specialist who has worked on such French films as Girlhood and Being 17, and who cowrote this beautiful film's intimate and perceptive screenplay.

Winner: Best Feature and Audience Awards, Annecy Animation 

film details

Original Language Title: Ma vie de Courgette
Country: Switzerland/France
Year: 2016
Running Time: 70 minutes
Language: French
Subtitles: Yes
Awards: Best Feature and Audience Award, Annecy
Director: Claude Barras
Producers: Marc Bonny, Armelle Glorennec, Pauline Gygax
Principal Cast: Voices: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud
Cinematographers: David Toutevoix
Editor: Valentin Rotelli
Music: Sophie Hunger
Screenwriter: Céline Sciamma
US Distributor: Gkids
International Sales Company: Indiesales
Website: www.gkids.com/films/my-life-as-a-zucchini/

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Claude Barras – Director (January 10 only)

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