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OSCARS 2017 Switzerland

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My Life as a Courgette to represent Switzerland in the Oscars race

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- The Swiss Oscars jury has chosen the film by Claude Barras for its originality and splendid art direction

My Life as a Courgette to represent Switzerland in the Oscars race
My Life as a Courgette by Claude Barras

Switzerland has spoken: My Life as a Courgette [+see also:
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by Claude Barras, boasting a screenplay by Céline Sciamma, will be the Swiss representative in the race for the upcoming Oscar, within the Best Foreign-language Film category.

The Swiss Oscars jury selected My Life as a Courgette for its originality and splendid art direction, not to mention its social point of view brimming with hope, as the film finally gives a voice to those children who don’t have one themselves.

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The animated feature, which was produced by Geneva-based Rita Productions, and co-produced by Blue Spirit Productions in Paris, Gebeka Films in Lyon and KNM in Monte Carlo, made an impression on critics and the general public alike when it was world-premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. It began its rise to power one month later when it won the top prize and the Audience Award at the renowned Annecy International Animation Film Festival (read the news). At present, Claude Barras is introducing the film at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Its journey from here on in will undoubtedly be even longer and chock-full of surprises.

The rights to the film have already been sold in over 20 European countries, as well as in the Near East and Asia. Deals with UK- and North American-based distributors are also currently under negotiation. It is slated for release in Swiss theatres this autumn (with Praesens Film in charge of its distribution), while France (Gebeka Films) and Belgium (Cinéart) will have to wait until October, and Germany (Polyband) and Italy (Teodora Film Distribuzione [+see also:
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) December.

(Translated from Italian)

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