The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

World of Animation: MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI

Are you an Orange County student currently in Grades 7th through 12th?  If so, State Street Foundation and The Frida Cinema invite you to join us for our FREE World of Animation series, which takes place Tuesdays at 3:30pm from October 5th – November 23rd! Don’t worry if you’ve missed some screenings — register anytime, and jump in for the rest of the series!  Information and registration for this free series can be found at!

On Tuesday, October 19th, join us for My Life as a Zucchini, a powerfully emotional animated film by Swiss director Claude Barras! Icare lives with his mother, an alcoholic, after his father leaves the family behind. One day, she comes home belligerently drunk and Icare accidentally pushes her down the stairs. With his father gone and his mom now dead, Icare is taken to an orphanage, where his interactions with fellow orphan Camille help him find some of the happiness that has eluded him.

“The film is a beautifully balanced visual marvel.” – Donald Clarke, Irish Times

“Barras succeeds brilliantly in his stated ambition to “make a film about children that speaks to them about abuse and its remedies in today’s world”.” – Mark Kermode, Observer (UK)

“My Life as a Zucchini is a modern classic in its own right, a touching examination of the struggles of youth in extreme circumstances.” – Leigh Monson, Substream Magazine