Sunday, 18 September 2016

LFF 2016 PREVIEW: MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE


One of the most emotionally acute and sharply observed films in recent memory
Jordan Cronk, Cinema Scope

[A] supremely humane and moving film
Elena Lazic, Little White Lies

A compact triumph of stop-motion animation
Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily

Claude Barras made a big splash indeed with a little film at Cannes in May: his debut film, the 66-minute stop-motion My Life as a Courgette drew raves aplenty from critics. Subsequently selected as Switzerland's official entry to the Oscar Foreign Language Film category, it has been a prominent fixture on the summer and autumn festival season, set to conclude with a slot at LFF next month. One of the shortest films on my schedule at the fest, and my only animated title, it's also one of my most hotly-anticipated. Co-adapted by Celine Sciamma, best known for another recent Cannes success, Girlhood.