This year Switzerland is submitting a stopmotion animated feature as its Oscar entry, Claude Barras’ My Life as a Zucchini, which follows a recently orphaned boy’s journey in a foster care center before he’s adopted. The sweet 70-minute movie is about those kids, who didn’t get a good start in life, a second chance on getting on the proper course. The pic drew great reviews after premiering in the Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in May and went on to collect awards at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Melbourne, Namur, Warsaw, Zurich and San Sebastian.
In this video from a recent Awardsline screening, Barras and his producer Max Karli recount adapting the source material to the screen, which originally had a much darker tone, as well as the challenges involved in the stopmotion process.
My Life as a Zucchini has also been nominated for an European Film Award and counts three Annies in the categories for best animated feature independent, directing and writing (Celine Sciamma’s script).