Saturday, June 18, 2016

Prize Winner

A trade journal tells us:

Following its critically-acclaimed world premiere at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, Claude Barras’s French stop-motion feature “My Life as a Courgette” scooped the audience prize and the Crystal award for best animated feature at the 40th Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival.

Written by sceenwriter/director Celine Sciamma (“Girlhood,””Tomboy”) and based on a novel, “Courgette” is about an orphan trying to adapt to life in a group home.

The film has been sold by Indie Sales in most key territories. A U.S. deal is in advanced negotiations. Gebeka Films will release “Courgette” in France. ...

As The Reporter notes:

... >Courgette either sinks or soars based on how involved viewers will become in the story [of a shy, 9-year-old boy coming to live at an orphanage].

Given that there’s a lot of offscreen hurt for many of the preteen characters but that their faces are made of plasticine, what [Courgett's director Claude] Barras has achieved here is nothing short of a miracle. ...


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