Fantoche animated film festival to premiere Ma vie de courgette by Claude Barras

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Fantoche animated film festival has announced that it is to start with a Swiss premiere on 6th of September: “Ma vie de courgette”, the first feature film by Claude Barras, opens this year’s festival. The world premiere at the “Quinzaine des réalisateurs“ in Cannes was celebrated with standing ovations.

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At the world’s largest animation film festival in Annecy, the stop-motion film was honoured with the two most coveted awards in the world of animation – the “Crystal d’Annecy“ and the Audience Award.

The International Animation Film Festival Fantoche will take place from 6th to 11th of September in Baden, Switzerland. View the trailer here:

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Ma vie de courgette” (My Life as a Zucchini) tells the story of Courgette. Courgette loves flying kites – it is the only memory he has of his father. After a tragic accident of his alcoholic mother a friendly policeman brings him to a children’s home. He has difficulties in his new surroundings – until a new orphan child arrives to turn both of their worlds upside down.

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The first feature film by Swiss director Claude Barras delighted audiences and film critics at the film festivals in Annecy and Cannes in France. Now it has been submitted as Switzerlands foreign-language Oscar candidate at the 89th Academy Awards. The screenplay by Céline Sciamma is based on the novel “Autobiographie d’une Courgette” by Gilles Paris. It took almost 10 years before the Swiss-French coproduction could be shown on the big screen. On 6th of September 2016 at 7 pm it will finally make its way to Baden for its cinema debut in Switzerland.

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Fantoche is one of the world’s leading festivals for animated films and is Switzerland’s largest and most prestigious cultural event devoted exclusively to animation in all its many thematic and technical facets. What once started life 21 years ago as a small yet promising project is now a crowd-puller and a meeting place for industry professionals from Switzerland and the rest of the world. The event also sees the general public converging upon Baden’s cinemas every September.

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The festival programme of 2016 contains innovative animation art from all around the world: 27 films out of 1394 submissions from 79 countries are nominated, aswell as 23 films in the Kids Film Competition. 22 nominees out of 81 submissions made it into the Swiss Competition.

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