My Life as a Zucchini

An Oscar-nominated Swiss-French stop-motion family animation that’s realistic and life affirming, dealing with real issues in a way that doesn’t patronise or traumatise its audience.

The Festival will screen both the English version, and the French version with English subtitles. 

When nine-year old Zucchini’s alcoholic mother dies, he is taken to an orphanage filled with misfits who, like himself, have been dealt a rough hand by life. Little does he know, they will soon become his de facto family, from his crush Camille to the gentle father-figure policeman Raymond.

Based on a best-selling young adult novel and adapted for the screen by Céline Sciamma (Tomboy, SFF 2011), My Life as a Zucchini is an unusual, affirming but honest film that calls on its young audience's ability to empathise with lives far tougher than their own. They’ll come out heartened, strengthened and more resilient from the experience – and so will the adults who take them.

Suitable for ages 10 and above

 

 

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Claude Barras

Switzerland, France

68 mins

English (English Version) | French with English subtitles (French Version)

PG

2016

CĂ©line Sciamma

Eric Beckman, David Jestead, Michael Sinterniklaas (English Version) | Max Karli, Pauline Gygax, Armelle Glorennec, Eric Jacquot, Marc Bonny (French Version)

Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, Amy Sedaris (English Voice Cast) | Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz (French Voice Cast)

Distributor: Madman Entertainment