Magazine article Screen International

Soda Takes 'My Life as A Courgette' for UK

Magazine article Screen International

Soda Takes 'My Life as A Courgette' for UK

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UK distributor Soda Pictures has acquired Claude Barras's debut feature animation My Life As A Courgette ahead of the film's berth at the BFI London Film Festival (LFF)

The film, which premiered in Cannes' Directors' Fortnight programme, is Switzerland's submission to this year's Oscar race.

The acquisition rounds out a strong looking line-up for Soda at this year's LFF, with the company's slate also featuring Cannes favourites Toni Erdmann and Paterson, as well as Terence Davies' A Quiet Passion, documentary David Lynch: The Art Life, Marco Bellocchio's Berenice Bejo-starring drama Sweet Dreams and French fantasy animation Phantom Boy.

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, eventually being 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). …

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