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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 18-24 May: One film a day chosen by writer/director Deborah Haywood

MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE “This is animation as an art form, inspiring and indelible“. Rolling Stone

We asked one of our favourite filmmakers, Deborah Haywood to pick one film a day in response to Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May); the theme of which is “kindness.” Day six and we have My Life as a Courgette, co-written by Céline Sciamma (Dir, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Tomboy, Girlhood…)

Here’s Haywood explaining why she chose this beautiful, heart crushing film.

“The kindness Raymond shows our Courgette and Camille is so tender and quiet it made me want to get in his plasticine car and drive off with him.  But the Kindness Award goes to Simon, the annoying kid who gets left behind.  I won’t say anything else except if you want to experience pure cinematic kindness, watch this film. Bring tissues.”


My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette), also titled My Life as a Zucchini, is a 2016 Swiss-French stop motion comedy-drama directed by Claude Barras and co-written by Céline Sciamma.  This is the second adaptation of Gilles Paris’ 2002 novel Autobiographie d’une Courgette, as there was a French live-action TV adaptation called C’est mieux la vie quand on est grand which aired in 2007.

The film was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

Watch Céline Sciamma’s PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

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