Switzerland/France, 2017, 66 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Claude Barras, Rated PG-13, GKids, French with English Subtitles
"Nothing short of a miracle!" – The Hollywood Reporter
"Reveals an emotional resonance and non-saccharine uplift that is mostly rare in today’s animation world." – The Playlist
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 Directors' Fortnight at Cannes to winning audience awards at festivals around the world, this accomplished debut feature from director Claude Barras, based on a script from acclaimed writer/director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy), has now been nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature. 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.
My Life as a Zucchini will be preceded by a special short film, The Genie in a Tin of Ravioli, also directed by Claude Barras. Armand works in a pasta factory. Every night when he comes back home, Armand opens a tin of raviolis for his dinner. But tonight, instead of raviolis he is served a genie who is ready to grant him two wishes.
An English language version starring Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, and Amy Sedaris had its world premiere at Sundance 2017 and will be screened Friday 3/17, Saturday 3/18, and Sunday 3/19 at 3:30 pm.