You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Indie Sales Powers Up Sales on ‘My Life As a Zucchini’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Paris-based outfit Indie Sales has closed a raft of pre-sales on Claude Barras’ anticipated stop-motion toon “My Life as a Zucchini” which won a prize at Cartoon Movie and will be presented at Annecy festival in the work-in-progress section.

Penned by critically-acclaimed filmmaker Celine Sciamma (“Tomboy,” “Girlhood”) and adapted from Gilles Paris’ “Autobiography of a Zucchini,” “Zucchini” pre-sold to Vertigo Media for Hungary, Folkets Bio for Sweden, Cineart for Benelux rolling off from Cannes.

“Zucchini,” which will be released in France by Gebeka, depicts the journey a nine-year old boy copping with the loss of his mother and adjusting to life in an orphanage. France’s Blue Spirit Productions and Switzerland’s Rita productions are producing.

“Zucchini” is one of the four animated features on Indie Sales slate, along with Anthony Roux and Jean-Jacques Denis’ vidgame franchise-based “Dofus – Book I Julith” (in production), Raul de la Fuente and Damian Nenow’s “Another Day of Life,” Xavier Picard’s “Moomins on the Riviera,”

“Moomins,” based on a best-selling Finnish franchise, has recently been released in the U.K., France and Japon, among other territories. The toon has now sold nearly worldwide. Latest deals were signed for Norway, Denmark, Korea, Hong Kong and Middle East.

Former top-level exec at TF1 International, Nicolas Escbach launched Indie Sales two years ago and has become one of France’s leading purveyors of arthouse animated features. The company indeed won this year’s Cartoon Tribute for best European distributor. Eleanor Coleman, an American producer and fellow TF1 alumn, recently joined Indie Sales to spearhead animation and transmedia biz for the shingle.

More Film

  • The Eight Hundred (The 800)

    History Rethink Group Key to 'Eight Hundred' Shanghai Cancellation (EXCLUSIVE)

    Chinese authorities may have abruptly yanked Huayi Brothers’ $80 million patriotic war epic “The Eight Hundred” the day before its debut as the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival’s opening film because it didn’t portray rivals of the ruling Communist Party in a sufficiently negative light, local reports said. Huayi on Friday attributed the cancellation of its [...]

  • Simon West

    Simon West Directing Chinese Tomb-Raid Movie “Legend Hunters’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    The British director Simon West, who made Angelina Jolie-starring “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” is now co-directing a Chinese tomb-raiding film. “The Legend Hunters” is the next instalment in the “Mojin” universe based on the popular fantasy novel series “Ghost Blows Out the Light.” Backed by Wanda Pictures and Beijing-based Saints Entertainment, the film is set [...]

  • Emu Runner

    Sydney Film Review: 'Emu Runner'

    Writer-director Imogen Thomas’ debut feature “Emu Runner” has and probably will play in designated family-themed strands of film festivals, and given its story of a 9-year-old Aboriginal girl who deals with grief in the wake of her mother’s death by bonding with a lone female representative of Australia’s largest native bird species, this programming strategy [...]

  • Sophia Antipolis

    Locarno in Los Angeles Film Review: 'Sophia Antipolis'

    There are two Sophias in French director Virgil Vernier’s clever, cunning, chilling fifth feature. The first is its setting, the eponymous “Sophia Antipolis,” a technology park in the south of France, a place self-consciously designed as an experiment in social engineering, where an international community of professionals would, it was hoped, create an environment of [...]

  • I Lost My Body

    Netflix Pickup ‘I Lost My Body,’ ‘Buñuel,’ ‘Away’ Top Annecy Festival

    ANNECY, France  — Fulfilling expectations, Jeremy Clapin’s “I Lost My Body, the subject of one of the highest-profile Netflix deals at this year’s Cannes, won this Saturday the Annecy Festival’s top Cristal Award of best feature plus, in a relatively rare Annecy double whammy, the festival’s Audience Award. The first was expected, the second a [...]

  • 'Fausto' Review: Andrea Bussmann's Beautuful, Inscrutable

    Locarno in Los Angeles Film Review: 'Fausto'

    In more ways than one, “Fausto” is a film that likes to keep its audience in the dark: The bulk of its imagery is thickly cloaked in velvety night, often barely illuminated but for pinpricks of moonlight or a flickering candle, sometimes to the point where viewers must strain and squint to identify what they’re [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content