Magazine article Screen International

Oscars: Switzerland Selects 'My Life as A Courgette'

Magazine article Screen International

Oscars: Switzerland Selects 'My Life as A Courgette'

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Switzerland has selected Claude Barras' animated feature My LIfe As A Courgette (Ma Vie De Courgette) to compete for the Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.

The stop-motion feature tells the story of nine-year-old Icare, nicknamed Courgette, who has to find his way in an orphanage after his mother's death and is eventually taken in by a policeman.

It is based on the novel Autobiographie d'une Courgette by Gilles Paris and was adapted for the screen by French screenwriter Céline Sciamma (Girlhood).

It was produced by Rita Productions in co-production with Blue Spirit Production, and is director Barras' first full-length animation film

My LIfe As A Courgette had its world premiere in May at Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

It won both the Cristal for Best Feature and the Audience Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, and is currently showing at the International Film Festival in Melbourne. …

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