My Life as a Courgette

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    My Life as a Courgette

    Ma vie de courgette

    Directed by

    Switzerland, France

    2016

    66 min

    • French

    Animation

    San Sebastián IFF

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

    Awards

    • Cristal for a Feature Film, Audience Award - Annecy IAFF
    • Audience Award (European Film) - San Sebastián IFF
    • Kids Jury Award for Best Children’s Film - Zurich FF
    • FIPRESCI Award - Bratislava IFF
    • Best European Animated Feature - European Film Awards
    • Best Animated Film, Best Writing (Adaptation) - César Awards
    • Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
    • DFCC Jury Prize - Audi Dublin IFF
    • Best European Director of the Year, Best European Producer of the Year - Cartoon Movie Tributes
    • Best Fiction Film, Best Film Score, Special Academy Award - Swiss Film Awards

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Gaspard Schlatter
    Michel Vuillermoz
    Paulin Jaccoud
    Sixtine Murat
    Screenplay
    Céline Sciamma
    Claude Barras
    Cinematography
    David Toutevoix
    Editing
    Valentin Rotelli
    Music
    Sophie Hunger
    Production
    RITA PRODUCTIONS
    Sales
    INDIE SALES
    Production
    BLUE SPIRIT PRODUCTION
    Production
    GEBEKA FILMS
    Production
    KNM

    Press

    On one hand, the cartoon is never afraid to be cute, but more importantly, it’s committed to being real.

    Peter Debruge, Variety

    Sunny for the soul.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    As witty and insightful as it is quietly shocking.

    Elena Lazic, Little White Lies

    A diamond in the rough.

    Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist

    All but the most hardened adult hearts will be moved.

    Lisa Nesselson, Screendaily

    Claude Barras

    Claude Barras

    Switzerland

    Claude Barras was born in 1973 in Sierre, Switzerland. He studied illustration and infography at École Emile Cohl in Lyon and graduated in anthropology and numerical images from Lyon. He also studied images of synthesis at the ECAL (École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne). Claude works as freelance illustrator and animations director in Geneva. MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE, his debut feature, premiered in the 2016 Director's Fortnight in Cannes.