It’s rare when an animated feature isn’t discriminated against because of its technique and allowed to compete against live-action films. It’s nearly unheard of when an animated feature actually wins in a film award category that also contains live-action films. The Swiss film community should be commended for recognizing animation for what it truly is — film — and judging it accordingly.
Zucchini also won for best film score at the Swiss Film Awards. Further, a Special Academy Award was presented to Marie-Eve Hildbrand, the casting director of Zucchini, who used an unusually immersive technique to record the voices of the children in the French version of the film. Clips from the voice record sessions can be seen below:
The best animated film was awarded to the short Au revoir Balthazar by Rafael Sommerhalder:
Adding to its winning weekend, Zucchini picked up two awards last Saturday at the Monstra animation festival in Lisbon, Portugal, including the grand prize in the feature film competition. It also won the audience award at the festival. The feature jury at Monstra consisted of Andrea Basilio, Claudia Bolshaw, Olivier Cotte, Pedro Brito, and Zsuzsanna Kreif.
My Life As A Zucchini is currently screening in theaters across the United States. After five weeks, it has has earned $261,881.
Distributor GKIDS is launching the film in new U.S. cities every weekend. This weekend, the film will open in Iowa City, Iowa; Durham, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; Gainesville, Florida; Okemos, Michigan; Port Orchard, Washington; Spokane, Washington; Hartford, Connecticut; and Normal, Illinois. For a complete list of theaters where the film is screening, visit MyLifeAsAZucchini.com.