DOK Leipzig 29. Oktober – 4. November 2018
61. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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DOK Leipzig opens with
animated feature film for first time

"My Life as a Courgette" by Claude Barras to be shown at Leipzig Central Station in parallel to screening at official Opening Ceremony

The animated film "My Life as a Courgette" ("Ma vie de courgette") by director Claude Barras will open this year's DOK Leipzig festival on 31 October.


Using stop-motion animated puppetry, the film tells the story of 9-year-old Icare, nicknamed Courgette, who ends up in a children's home after his mother dies. There he meets a group of children in whom he comes to find a new family. The film is based on the novel "Autobiographie d’une courgette" by Gilles Paris and the screenplay was written by Céline Sciamma ("Tomboy", "Girlhood"). The film's music was composed by Swiss musician Sophie Hunger.


"My Life as a Courgette" is the first animated feature film to open DOK Leipzig.


The Swiss-French co-production had its premiere during the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, where it delighted young and old audiences alike. It is Switzerland's contender for this year's OSCAR® for best foreign-language film and will be shown in German cinemas from 16 February.


"We are proud to open DOK Leipzig with such a perceptive and humorous animated film", says festival director Leena Pasanen. "The puppet animation lovingly puts across real-life truths and makes it easy for us to put ourselves in the children's shoes. It's an expressive way of letting us see what the characters are feeling. We're already looking forward to the audience’s reactions to the film."


"My Life as a Courgette" is Claude Barras' first full-length film. His last work, the short film "Room 69", was also presented at DOK Leipzig, in 2012.


Like last year, there will be a public screening of the opening film in parallel to its screening at the DOK Leipzig official festival opening. "My Life as a Courgette" will be screened in its German version ("Mein Leben als Zucchini") at 7pm in Leipzig Central Station (East Hall). The screening is taking place in collaboration with Promenaden Hauptbahnhof. Admission is free.


During the festival and at the Opening Ceremony "My Life as a Courgette" will be shown in its original French version with subtitles. The cinema version that has the film dubbed into German will be shown in the train station, to be followed by a repeat screening on the Saturday of the festival for children and families.


DOK Leipzig will be showing around 300 films during the festival, which runs from 31 October to 6 November.


You can find stills from the opening film as well as logos, festival impressions and this year's festival motif here in our download area.