My Life as a Zucchini follows a young boy called Zucchini. 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.
My Life as a Zucchini is directed by Claude Barras and written by Céline Sciamma, adapted from the novel “Autobiographie d’une Courgette” by Gilles Paris. It is produced by RITA Productions (Max Karli and Pauline Gygax), Blue Spirit Productions, Gebeka Films and KNM (Kate and Michel Merkt), 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.
Claude Barras is Swiss-born and based in Geneva. After studying illustration and computer graphics, he went on to direct several short films such as Au Pays des tetes, Stigmates 2D, and The Genie in a Ravioli Can. Barras founded his own animation company, Helium Films along with fellow illustrator Cédric Louis and is represented by U.S. talent agent Jerome Duboz of William Morris Endeavor. Zucchini is Barras’ first feature-length film is realized by the writing of celebrated French director/producer Céline Sciamma, known for her vividly genuine take on growing pains and the journey of adolescence in her films Tomboy, Water Lillies, and Girlhood.