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GKIDS To Release 'My Life As A Zucchini'

My Life As A Zucchini (also known as My Life As A Courgette) is a Swiss/French stop-motion feature that has been riding a wave of acclaim on the Festival circuit.  It was a selection at Cannes, won both the Cristal and The Audience Award at Annecy International Festival and has been selected as Switzerland's entry for 'Best Foreign Language Film' at the 2017 Oscars. Now the film has been acquired by America's leading distributor of independent animated film- GKIDS.

The film is helmed by first-timer Claude Barras, while the script was written by CĂ©line Sciamma- acclaimed writer and director of live-action films Tomboy and Girlhood. It tells the emotional story of a young boy (named Zucchini, of course) sent to a new foster home following the death of his mother.  With the help of newfound friends and a kindly police officer named Raymond,  Zucchini finally begins to find happiness again.

The film will receive its North American Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival later this month, before an awards-qualifying run in New York and LA later this year. GKIDS will then release the film nationally in 2017.

The fact that the film is being submitted for Oscar consideration is no guarantee of a nomination- but GKIDS has had a great deal of success in the animation category. If an animated film could manage to score a nomination in the Foreign Language category or even win it, that would be an impressive feat indeed. And if anyone can do it, you'd be a fool to bet against it being GKIDS.

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