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Chicken For Linda Release Details Revealed

France is among the world's leading producers of animation. They produce animation of every kind for viewers of all ages. American distributor GKIDS Films has, over its 15 years of existence been bringing some of the best French animation to North American audience. Next up is the award winning Chicken For Linda, arriving in cinemas from April 5.

Chicken For Linda a.k.a. Linda veut du poulet has been awarded Best Animated Film at the Cesar and Lumiere Awards. It was an official selection at Cannes in its ACID program and was the subject of a sold out work-in-progress at the Annecy International Animation Festival in 2022. In 2023, the film went on to win the Grand Cristal at Annecy as well as the Grand Prize and Audience Award at the Animation Is film Festival.

The film is directed by husband and wife team Chiara Malta and S├ębastien Laudenbach who collaborate frequently on both live action and animated project. Malta works primarily in live-action filmmaking, while Laudenbach works primarily in animation such a his feature debut The Girl Without Hands. You can read our review with him here.

The story follows Paulette, who feels guilty after unjustly disciplining her daughter Linda, and will do anything to make amends. Linda quickly requests a chicken and pepper dish that reminds here of the one her father used to make. Paulette has to head out to buy a chicken for Linda, but a general strike has closed stores all across town.  Chaos ensues as she finds herself caught up in outrageous series of events as she tries to keep her promise to Linda.

GKIDS will release the film starting with the Angelika Center in New York from April 5 and at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles from April 12. The film will open in select cinemas across the country from April 15. All screenings will be in the original French language with subtitles.

Current confirmed venues are below- more may be added in future.


Opening April 5

New York City – The Angelika Film Center


Opening April 12

Los Angeles – Laemmle Royal


Opening April 19

Washington D.C. – The Mosaic Theater

Dallas – The Angelika Film Center Dallas

San Diego – The Angelika Film Center Carmel Mountain

Honolulu – Consolidated Theaters, Victoria Ward

Portland, ME – The Maine Film Center

Vancouver – VIFF Centre


Opening April 26

Seattle – Grand Illusion Cinema

Milwaukee – Oriental Theater

Chicago – Gene Siskel Film Center