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Opening Night: My Life as a Zucchini

Switzerland/France; Claude Barras; 2016; 66 min; ages 11+

 2017 OSCAR® NOMINEE! EAST COAST PREMIERE — “Zucchini” may sound like a weird name, but after the accidental death of his mother, the nickname is all the nine-year-old has left of her. The kids at his new group home seem to understand and, though hesitant at first, Zucchini soon finds himself part of their close-knit, makeshift family. So upon the arrival of the winsome Camille, he is quick to offer his own warm welcome. But when Camille’s greedy aunt tries to take her away, Zucchini and his newfound friends must find a way to stay together. With its beautifully expressive stop-motion style, the Academy Award nominated My Life as a Zucchini tackles sometimes heavy subject matter with a light touch, conveying the children’s perseverance through precarious circumstances through the matter-of-fact lens of childhood. In English

Note: Film includes references to characters' difficult pasts, including alcoholic, criminal, and abusive family members, as well as childlike discussions of sexual situations.