Ma vie de Courgette

Ma vie de Courgette

Animation, 66 min.
Coproduction with Swiss director

Title E:My Life As A Zucchini
Title G:Mein Leben als Zucchini

by Claude Barras

Switzerland / France, May 2016

Zucchini is a rather unusual nickname for a 9-year-old boy and his unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a kind police officer Raymond, who accompanies Zucchini to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first Zucchini struggles to find his place in this strange, at times, hostile environment. Yet with Raymond’s help and his new found friends, he eventually learns to trust, finds true love and at last a new family of his own.


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Directed by: Claude Barras
Written by: Céline Sciamma, Germano Zullo, Claude Barras, Morgan Navarro

World Premiere: May 2016
Original Version: French, colour, DCP, 66 min.

ISAN: 0000-0003-AD50-0000-Y-0000-0000-9

Production: Rita Productions, Blue Spirit Productions, Gébéka Films, KNM, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, Rhône Alpes Cinéma, Canal +, France 3 Cinéma, Hélium Films
Producer: Max Karli, Pauline Gygax, Armelle Glorennec, Marc Bonny, Michel Merkt

Cinematography: David Toutevoix
Editing: Valentin Rotelli, Marie-Eve Hildbrand, Marina Rosset
Sound Editing: Benjamin Benoit, Jérôme Vittoz
Sound Design: Denis Séchaud
Rerecording Sound Mix: Denis Séchaud
Music: Sophie Hunger
Animation: Kim Keukeleire, Marcos Valin, Daniel Ramsay, Cesar Diaz Melendes, Marjolaine Parot, Brian Leif Hansen, Antony Elworthy, Juan Soto
Costumes: Christel Grandchamp, Vanessa Riera Frangu
Casting: Marie-Eve Hildbrand
Techniques: Stop motion

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Gaspard Schlatter
Sixtine Murat
Paulin Jaccoud
Michel Vuillermoz

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World Sales: Indie Sales

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Distribution Switzerland: Praesens Film AG
Distribution Austria: Thimfilm GmbH
Distribution Belgium: Cinéart
Distribution Brazil: California Filmes
Distribution Denmark: Angel Films
Distribution Great Britain: Soda Pictures
Distribution Serbia: Five Stars Film Distribution
Distribution Spain: La Aventura Audiovisual S.L.
Distribution USA: GKIDS
Distribution Bosnia: Tropik d.o.o.
Distribution Croatia: DEMIURG CVETKA FLAKUS s.p.
Distribution Estonia: Must Kasi (Black Hand)
Distribution France: Gébéka Films
Distribution Germany: Polyband Medien GmbH
Distribution Hungary: Vertigo Média Ltd
Distribution Italy: Teodora Film Distribuzione
Distribution Latvia: Must Kasi (Black Hand)
Distribution Macedonia: DEMIURG CVETKA FLAKUS s.p.
Distribution Middle East: Empire Network
Distribution Montenegro: DEMIURG CVETKA FLAKUS s.p.
Distribution Netherlands: Cinéart Nederland B.V.
Distribution Norway: Storytelling Media AS
Distribution Romania: Asociatia Culturala Macondo
Distribution Slovenia: DEMIURG CVETKA FLAKUS s.p.
Distribution South Korea: ANB Pictures
Distribution Sweden: Folkets Bio AB
Distribution Taiwan: Joint Entertainment
Distribution Turkey: Bir Film
Distribution Vietnam: Empire Network

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  • Angoulême, Festival du Film Francophone d'Angoulême, Valois de Diamant 2016
  • Annecy, Festival International du Film d'Animation, Prix du Public 2016
  • Annecy, Festival International du Film d'Animation, Cristal du Long métrage 2016
  • Berlin, European Film Academy e.V., Best Animated Feature 2016
  • Delémont, Delémont-Hollywood, Prix Opale 2016
  • Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurter Buchmesse, Award Best youth novel adaptation 2016
  • Hollywood, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Animated 2016 (Nomination)
  • Melbourne, Melbourne International Film Festival, Audience Award 2016
  • Montélimar, Festival de l'écrit à l'écran, Prix du Public 2016
  • Namur, Festival international du film francophone, Bayard d'Or de la Meilleure Photographie 2016
  • Pont-à-Mousson, Festival des Notes et des Toiles, Prix de la meilleure musique 2016
  • Poznan, International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!, SPECIAL MENTION of the Teachers' Jury 2016
  • Poznan, International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!, Award of the european children’s film association (ecfa) 2016
  • San Sebastián - Donostia, Donostia Zinemaldia – Festival de San Sebastián, Audience Award to the European Film 2016
  • Warsaw, Warsaw Film Festival, Audience Award 2016
  • Wien, Kinderfilmfestival/Institut Pitanga, Preis der Kinderjury 2016
  • Zürich, Zurich Film Festival, Kids Jury Award for Best Children’s Film 2016
  • Annecy, Festival International du Film d'Animation, "Aide Fondation Gan à la Diffusion" pour un Work in Progress 2015

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