February 29, 2024

GKIDS to Release César-Winning Animated Feature “Chicken for Linda!” in Select Theaters Nationwide

A Cannes ACID Selection, and César, Lumières & Annecy Cristal-Winning Hand-Painted Feature from Award-Winning Directors Chiara Malta and Sébastien Laudenbach


Coming to Select Theaters Nationwide Starting April 5, 2024



GKIDS, the producer and distributor of award-winning and artist-driven animation from around the world, announced today it will bring the hand-painted animated drama-comedy CHICKEN FOR LINDA! (Linda veut du poulet) to select theaters nationwide. The critically acclaimed feature recently won the César and Lumières Award for Best Animated Feature. CHICKEN FOR LINDA! was additionally an official Cannes selection in the ACID program and following a sold-out Work-in Progress session at the 2022 Annecy International Film Festival, it went on to win the Annecy Grand Cristal in 2023. The film was also awarded both the Grand Prize and Audience Award at last year’s Animation is Film Festival. 

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

GKIDS will release CHICKEN FOR LINDA! in New York City starting April 5 at the Angelika Film Center, in Los Angeles starting April 12 at the Laemmle Royal, and select additional theaters nationwide starting April 15 in its original French language.


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.

Directors Chiara Malta (Simple Women) and Sébastien Laudenbach (The Girl Without Hands) unleash a unique visual marvel of hand-painted animation with bright, color-blocked characters, and a story that is an intoxicating 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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