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GKIDS Releasing ‘Chicken for Linda!’ in Select Theaters

Watch the trailer for the Annecy Crystal award-winning hand-painted animated feature from husband-wife team Chiara Malta and Sébastien Laudenbach that follows a mother trying to assuage her guilt for unjustly punishing her daughter with a mad dash about town looking for poulet; theatrical run kicks off in NYC on April 5.

GKIDS announced that it will bring the award-winning hand-painted animated drama-comedy Chicken for Linda! (Linda veut du poulet) to select theaters nationwide starting April 5. Among the acclaimed film’s accolades are the César and Lumières Awards for Best Animated Feature and the Annecy Grand Cristal in 2023.

Chicken for Linda! is directed by husband-and-wife team Chiara Malta and Sébastien Laudenbach, who have frequently worked together on both live-action and animation productions. Malta maintains a body of work primarily in live-action filmmaking, and is best known for her feature Simple Women (co-wrote with Laudenbach). Laudenbach is best known for his Annecy Jury Prize-winning feature The Girl Without Hands.

GKIDS’ release kicks off in New York City on April 5 at the Angelika Film Center, followed by Los Angeles screenings beginning April 12 at the Laemmle Royal. It will continue to select theaters nationwide starting April 15 in its original French language. 

In the film, Paulette feels guilty after unjustly punishing her daughter Linda and would do anything to make it up to her. Linda immediately asks for a meal of chicken with peppers, which reminds her of the dish her father used to make. But with a general strike closing stores all across town and pushing people into the streets, this innocent request quickly leads to an outrageous series of events that spirals out of control, as Paulette does everything she can to keep her promise and find a chicken for Linda.

The film’s unique visual hand-painted animation delivers bright, color-blocked characters, and a story that is a blend of slapstick comedy, musical, and family drama, as Paulette and Nina ultimately confront the grief of an unspoken tragedy, and the meal that could finally bring them closer together.

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Source: GKIDS

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.