Directed by Claude Barras | Switzerland, France | In English| 66 mins | PG
NOMINATED: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM, ACADEMY AWARDS & GOLDEN GLOBES 2017
SELECTED: SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2017
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.
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.
"A movie that conveys deep feelings with the tiniest movements of the puppets’ eyes or mouths; that portrays young love with a candid intensity" – WALL STREET JOURNAL
This session is recommended for ages 10 and over.