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Directed by Claude Barras

Switzerland, France 2016 66 mins. In French

Barras’s funny and brightly colored stop-motion film tells the story of nine-year-old Icare, known to his friends as Courgette (Zucchini). When he loses his mother due to tragic circumstances, young Zucchini is left all alone. Friendly police officer Raymond brings him to a home for children who have lost their parents. Although initially intimidated by the unusual, sometimes harsh place, Zucchini gradually opens up and finds there a new family and true love. Winner of the Best Feature and Audience prizes at the Annecy Animation Film Festival. This year’s Swiss submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Sponsored by the Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, LAIKA, TV5Monde, and the French American International School

Reviews: Variety, Hollywood Reporter

Interviews: Interview with Claude Barras at Indiewire, Interview with Claude Barras and Max Karli at Deadline Hollywood

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