“HAVE FRIENDS YOU CAN COUNT ON, FALL IN LOVE, AND MAYBE EVEN BE HAPPY...”

The Academy Award-nominated My Life as a Courgette arrives on our screens June 2nd, and we've got two exclusive behind the scenes videos to share with you.

My Life as a Courgette tells the story of Icarus, a 10-year-old boy raised by his mother who nicknames him Courgette. After his mother’s sudden death, Courgette is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this often strange and hostile environment. Yet with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own.

Brought to life through memorably bold character designs and expressive stop- motion animation, My Life as a Courgette soars with laughter, sorrow, joy, and above all, stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart.

“YOU NEED TO BE BOLD.”

Here, director Claude Barras gives us a glimpse at the creative process, talking about his first introduction to the book on which his film is based, and we see the characters leap from storyboard to stop-animation.

Over a period of eight months we shot seventy minutes of film on fifteen sets, at a rate of approximately three seconds per day per animator.
— Claude Barras, Director

And here are a few behind the scenes photos of the puppeteers at work, delicately building and animating the characters. For more photographs, visit the My Life as a Courgette website.

We did a lot of work on the materials. We tried to do real clothes, eyes that shone, and hair made of latex foam.
— Claude Barras, Director

In this second clip, we see the painstaking work of the puppeteers who brought young Courgette and friends to life, over a period of eight months.

Described by The Guardian as 'Ken Loach for kids' My Life as a Courgette is a heartwarming film of impressive craft and care. It plays now on Curzon screens. You can book tickets through the link below. 

My Life as a Courgette plays on Curzon screens from June 2nd. Tickets are on sale now. Click below to book.