added: Mon, Jan 9th '17
Recently nominated for Best Animated Film at the Golden Globes, "My Life as a Zucchini" is a critically adored stop-motion movie from Swiss animator Claude Barras, which tells the bittersweet story of a young orphan boy who attempts to rebuild his life at an orphanage after his mother's untimely passing.
The film, which has been selected as Switzerland's official entry for this year's foreign-language Oscar, is based on a book by French writer Gilles Paris. Acclaimed French writer-director Celine Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy) wrote the adapted screenplay.
Indie distributor GKIDS, which specializes in quirky foreign animated movies, is planning to release "My Life as a Zucchini" in U.S. theaters, starting in New York and Los Angeles on February 24.
The animated film will be shown in its original French dubbed version, as well as an all-new English dubbed mix featuring voice performances by Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, and Amy Sedaris. Watch the film's official subtitled trailer, above.
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 Director's Fortnight at Cannes to winning audience awards at Annecy, Melbourne and Angouleme, this accomplished debut feature from director Claude Barras, based on a script from acclaimed writer/director Celine Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy), has received an overwhelming response from audiences worldwide, and is shortlisted as Switzerland's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. 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.
directed by Claude Barras
starring English dubbed cast: Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, Amy Sedaris
release date February 24, 2017 (NY, LA; other U.S. cities to follow)