‘My life as a zucchini’ Director Claude Barras Honored by Locarno

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Oscar-nominated Swiss animator Claude Barras (“My Life as a Zucchini”) will be honored at the Locarno Film Festival with the Locarno Kids Award, given to personalities who have instilled a love for cinema in younger generations.

Barras’ beloved stop-motion film “Life as a Zucchini,” about an orphan boy living in a foster home, played at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2016 and was nominated for best animated feature at the Oscars. distribution in more than 50 territories.

Barras’ more recent work ‘Sauvages’, about an orangutan who fights with his friends to save the forests of Borneo, will travel to Locarno after having a positive premiere at Cannes earlier this month.

“Sauvages” will play the prominent Swiss festival’s prominent 8,000-seat Piazza Grande on August 13, with the director in tow.

“Claude Barras is one of the great shapers of today’s collective imagination,” Locarno artistic director Giona A. Nazzaro said in a statement. Nazzaro praised Barras for being “a proponent of a civil and committed cinema whose work – both avant-garde and popular – has fostered a fruitful intergenerational dialogue, centering on the key nodes of our relationship with the world and the environment.” of his actions.”

Previous recipients of the Locarno Kids Award, which was established in 2021, include Japanese anime director Mamoru Hosoda (“Mirari,” “Wolf Children”); Indian filmmaker Gitanjali Rao (“Bombay Rose,” “October”); and French director Luc Jacquet (“March of the Penguins”).

The upcoming 77th Locarno Film Festival takes place from August 7 to 17.

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