Claude Barras’ stop-motion feature “My Life as a Courgette,” which premiered yesterday at Directors’ Fortnight, has sold a flurry of territories.
Repped by Nicolas Eschbach’s Paris-based Indie Sales, “Courgette” was penned by Celine Sciamma (“Tomboy,” “Girlhood”) and adapted from Gilles Paris’ “Autobiography of a Zucchini.” It depicts the journey of a 9-year-old boy coping with the loss of his mother and adjusting to life in an orphanage. It was produced by France’s Blue Spirit Prods. and Switzerland’s Rita Prods.
“Courgette” has also sold to Teodora (Italy), Macondo (Roumania), Praesens (Switzerland), Bir Film (Turkey). “Courgette” was previously picked up by Vertigo Media for Hungary, Folkets Bio for Sweden and Cineart for Benelux.
Having garnered warm reviews, “Courgette” has received interest from U.S. distributors.
Directors’ Fortnight topper Edouard Waintrop said he scheduled “Courgette” on Sunday rather than the traditional toonpic slot on Wednesday because the feature has potential to reach a large audience and can play to a more mature crowd than a typical animated fare.
“Courgette” was produced by Rita Prods., Blue Spirit Prods., Gebeka Films and KNM production.