New York (August 31, 2016) – GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of animation for both adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired North American distribution rights to MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI (original French language title “Ma vie de Courgette”), the debut feature from Swiss director Claude Barras, based on a script from Céline Sciamma (director/writer of “Girlhood” and “Tomboy”). The deal was negotiated by Eric Beckman for GKIDS and Nicolas Eschbach, head of sales & co-founder of Indie Sales.
MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI is the official Swiss submission for the “Best Foreign Language” category for the 2017 Academy Awards®. GKIDS will qualify the film for awards consideration this fall followed by national theatrical release in 2017.
MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI made its critically acclaimed world premiere earlier this year in the Director’s Fortnight section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It went on to win both the Grand Prize (Cristal) and the Audience Award at the 2016 Annecy International Animation Film Festival. MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI also beat out 350 features to win the Audience Award – Best Feature at the Melbourne International Film Festival. MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI will make its North American premiere at this year’s 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, in the TIFF Kids section.
After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. Brought to life through striking character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow, and joy, and stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart. Beginning with its debut at Cannes, the film has stirred up an overwhelming response on the festival circuit, taking home top jury and audience prizes at Annecy, Melbourne and Angoulême, as it prepares to melt hearts in North America with its premiere at Toronto.
MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI is produced by RITA Productions, Blue Spirit Productions, Gebeka Films and KNM, in coproduction with the RTS – Radio Télévision Suisse, SRG-SSR, France 3 Cinéma, Rhône Alpes Cinéma and Helium Films, with international sales handled by Indie Sales.
ABOUT INDIE SALES
In May 2013, veteran sales agent Nicolas Eschbach and producer Eric Neve launched INDIE SALES an independent, international sales and co-production company based in Paris. INDIE SALES acquires around 12 films per year, from all nationalities and genres, with strong commercial and artistic potential. Animation has an important position in the INDIE SALES line-up. In 2015, INDIE SALES won the prestigious Best European Distributor of the Year award at Cartoon Movie in Lyon. www.indiesales.eu
GKIDS is the acclaimed distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2008, the company has scored eight Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations – second only to Disney/Pixar – with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Ritain 2012, Ernest & Celestine in 2014, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015, and Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There in 2016. GKIDS will release Miss Hokusai, the new film from Production I.G’s Keiichi Hara, in theaters in October. GKIDS is also in production on Cartoon Saloon’s The Breadwinner, which they are slated to release stateside in 2017. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away,My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. www.gkids.com
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