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A stop motion movie directed by Claude Barras

Produced by RITA, in coproduction with Blue Spirit Productions, Gébéka Films and KNM, coproduced also by Helium Films, RTS – Radio Télévision Suisse, France 3 et Rhône Alpes Cinéma

With the participation of l’Office fédéral de la Culture, Cinéforom et la Loterie romande, Canal +, Centre National du Cinéma, Suissimage

Directed by Claude Barras, written by Céline Sciamma, based on the novel Autobiographie d’une courgette  Gilles Paris, Editions Plon.

Claude_Barras ©David Zehnder

Before directing his first feature film, My Life as Courgette, Claude Barras directed several short films including The Genie in a Ravioli Can, which received numerous of awards in film festivals around the world.
Claude Barras’ unique connection with childhood transcends time and age differences; he has the rare gift of being able to make you laugh and cry at the same time. His stories are filled with realism and fantasy, humor and poetry. He was the impetus for adapting Gilles Paris’ Autobiography of a Courgette into a stop-motion animation film.

FILMOGRAPHY

2016 MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE

2012 CHAMBRE 69 stop-motion 3’ Helium Films / RTS

2010 COURGETTE, film pilot, stop-motion 3’ Helium Films / RITA / RTS

2008 AU PAYS DES TETES (co-directed with Cédric Louis) stop-motion 5’ Helium Films / TSR / ONF. Animateka Lubjiana 2010 Audience Award – Slovenia, Australian International Film Festival 2009

2007 SAINTE BARBE (co-directed with Cédric Louis) stop-motion 8’ Helium Films / TSR / ONF

2006 THE GENIE IN A RAVIOLI CAN stop-motion 7’ Helium Films / TSR. Festival of Flanders 2007 Best Short Film – Belgium, Australian International Film Festival 2006 / Best new Talent, Festival Bristol 06 – UK / Audience Prize SS A -Suissimage animation, Solothurn Filmtage 06 Switzerland / Audience Prize, Children, International Animation Film Festival 2006, Geneva – Switzerland / Special Jury Prize, Festival du Film Romand FROG 2006, Geneva, Switerland / Kodak Prize, Curtocircuito, Santiago de Compostela 2006 – Spain / Audience Prize, Court 18, Paris – France / SACD PRIZE

2005 ICE FLOE (co-directed with Cédric Louis) 2D animation 6’35’’ Helium Films / TSR

2002 STIGMATES 2D animation 3’30’’ Atelier Zérodeux

1999 CASTING QUEEN 3D animation 2’45’’ Ecal / Barrabas

1998 MÉLANIE 2D animation4’22’’ Ecal / Barrabas

1997 FANTASMAGORIES 2D animation 1’42’’ Emile Cohl / Barrabas

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Director  – Claude Barras

Written by – Céline Sciamma

Inspired by Gilles Paris book  « Autobiographie d’une Courgette » eedition PLON-PARIS

Cntributors on writing – Germano Zullo, Claude Barras, Morgan Navarro

With the voices of

Courgette – Gaspard Schlatter
Camille – Sixtine Murat
Simon – Paulin Jaccoud
Michel Vuillermoz – Raymond
Raul Ribera – Ahmed
Estelle Hennard – Alice
Elliot Sanchez – Jujube
Lou Wick – Béatrice
Brigitte Rosset – Tante Ida
Monica Budde – Madame Papineau
Adrien Barazzone – Monsieur Paul
Véronique Montel – Rosy

Acting direction and voice editing– Marie-Eve Hildebrand
1st Director’s assistant Marianne Chazelas
Director’s planning assistant –
François Langot
Story-boarder
Fernando Lira Sarabia
Head animator
Kim Keukeleire
DoP
David Toutevoix
Sound conception
Denis Séchaud
Editor – 
Valentin Rotelli
Decorator
Ludovic Chemarin
Head puppet constructor
Gregory Beaussart
Costumes-
Atelier Gran’Cri Christel Grandcham / Atelier Nolita Vanessa Riera et Delphine Daumas
Accessories
Delphine Daumas
Painter
Cécile Milazo
Compositing
Blue Spirit Studio
Sound studio
Masé Studios Genève

Produced by

Max Karli and Pauline Gygax
Armelle Glorennec and Eric Jacquot
Marc Bonny
Kate and Michel Merkt

Line producerThéo Ciret

Original music

Sophie Hunger

Recorded and mixed by Francesco Donadello, Vox-Ton Studio, Berlin
Executive production Patrick David, Two Gentlemen

Musicians Sophie Hunger Piano, keyboards, guitar, voice / Alexis Anérilles Piano, organ, marimba, trumpet / Geoffrey Burton Guitar / Ikki Opitz, Evgeny Vapnyarsky Violin / Katja Plagens Alto / Alex Kahl, Kristina Koropecki Cello / Simon Gerber, Jonas Westergaard, Chris Dahlgren bass / Arthur Hnatek Drum / James Riotto  string quartet.

Additional musics

“Salut à toi“ de Bérurier Noir
Œuvre musicale éditée et produite par Bérurier Noir

“Eisbär“ de Grauzone (Martin Eicher) ©P 1980 Off Course Music

“Le Vent nous portera”

Sung by Sophie Hunger
Composed by Lucien Bertrand Cantat / Denis Guy Marc Barthe / Jean-Paul Roy / Serge Marius Pierre Teyssot Gay written by Lucien Bertrand Cantat
© by ND Musique / Universal Music Publishing
©P 2010 Two Gentlemen with the courtesy of Universal Music GmbH (Switzerland)

The movie was shot at studios Lumière on Pôle PIXEL in Villeurbanne

A Switzerland / France Coproduction
Rita Productions – Blue Spirit Productions – Gebeka Films – KNM

In coproduction with Radio Télévision Suisse et la SSR SRG, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, France 3 cinéma, Helium Films

Partners: Office Fédéral de la Culture (Département Fédéral de l’Intérieur), Cineforom et le soutien de la Loterie Romande, Canal +, Eurimages, Cine+, CNC (avance sur recettes et nouvelles technologies), Indie Sales company et Indie Invest, Suissimage, région Poitou-Charentes, département de la Charente et le Pôle image Magelis, Focal et Ernst Gohner Stiftung, Service Industriel de Genève, Ville de Genève, Etat de Genève, Canton du Valais.

© RITA / BSP / GEBEKA / KNM  2016

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