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16th November 2017 DATCHET VILLAGE HALL



Switzerland/France/Monaco 2016 67 mins

Courgette poater
Voice Cast: French language version
Courgette Gaspard Schlatter Director Claude Barras
Michel Vuillermoz
Sixtine Murat
Paulin Jaccoud
Raul Ribera
Estelle Hennard
Céline Sciamma
David Toutevoix
Valentin Rotelli
Sophie Hunger
Rosy Véronique Montel
Mme. Papineau
Monsieur Paul
Monica Budde
Adrien Barazzone
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Claude Barras's My Life as a Courgette tears up the rulebook for children’s cinema. Adapted from Gilles Paris' book by Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy), this melancholy yet witty claymation traces the effects of childhood tragedy.

Nine-year-old Icare, known to his friends as ‘Courgette’, finds himself in a local orphanage after the accidental death of his alcoholic mother. Here he meets a group of children, each with their own emotional burdens and traumas to bear. Rather than dwelling on their misfortunes, the kids adopt a pragmatic approach to leading their lives, finding ways to co-exist in relative harmony. And the arrival of young Camille gives Courgette his first taste of hope and possible romance.

Despite its disarmingly uncomplicated look, this stunning animated feature deals with its mature themes subtly and with respect, eschewing sentimentality for brutal honesty and exploring the ways we adapt to the world and make the best of our lives.




France/Belgium/Japan 2017 81 mins

Director Michaël Dudok De Wit
Artistic Producer Isao Takahata
Writer Michaël Dudok De Wit
Editor Céline Kélépikis
Design Michaël Dudok De Wit
Music Laurent Perez del Mar
Animation Supervisor Jean-Christophe Lie

The first international co-production from Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli enlists the talents of Oscar-winning Dutch animator Michaël Dudok De Wit for this wondrous story about the unlikely friendship between an island castaway and an enormous sea turtle.

Shipwrecked on a deserted island, a lone man struggles to construct a raft, but his every attempt to leave is thwarted by a huge red turtle who seems intent on having him stay. Enraged, he attempts to thwart the creature that is blocking his escape - but what transpires will instead open a new chapter in his life, one that will instruct him in the ways of companionship and lead him to understand that nature must take its course.

Red Turtle poster

Dudok De Wit mixes hand and computer-drawn animation throughout and it's as beautiful as you would expect from a film on which Ghibli's Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) served as artistic producer. Achieving its touching storytelling without the use of any spoken dialogue, this unforgettably beautiful film explores both the freedom of isolation and emotion of companionship whilst packing a hefty emotional punch. It truly is a wordless wonder.