by Chiara Malta, Sébastian Laudenbach
Country: France, Italy
Year: 2023
Duration: 95

No, Linda didn’t take her mom’s ring! She didn’t deserve to be punished! How unfair…! And now, Linda’s mom Paulette will do anything to make it up to her daughter – even if that means making chicken with peppers, despite not knowing how to cook! But how are you supposed to buy a chicken during a general strike? From henhouse to watermelon truck, trigger-happy police to allergic trucker, grandma to floodwaters, Paulette and her daughter embark on a quest to find chicken, picking up “Linda’s gang” on the way and, eventually, the entire neighborhood. Unbeknownst to Linda, the delicious chicken dish that her father used to make is the key to her lost memory… By the way, does anyone know how to butcher a live chicken?


film director

Chiara Malta

(Rome, Italy, 1977) has directed numerous short films that have been selected and awarded at various international festivals such as Clermont-Ferrand, Pesaro, Rome, and Montréal. In 2008, she directed the documentary Armando e la politica, which was presented at the Torino Film Festival and broadcast on the La Lucarne channel (Arte/ZDF). After a residency in Villa Medici, in 2019 she created her first fiction feature film, Simple Women, starring Jasmine Trinca, which premiered in Toronto and Torino. In 2023, she co-directed Chicken for Linda! with Sébastien Laudenbach, which which premiered at ACID section in Cannes.


L’Isle (cm, 2006), L’Étè à Zedelbeek (cm, 2007), Armando e la politica (2008), Aspetto una donna (cm, 2010), L’Amour à trois (cm, 2010), Le Cinéma français se porte bien (coregia/co-directors Stéphane Arnoux, Aurélia Georges, Jean-Baptiste Germain, 2012), Les Yeux du renard (coregia/co-director, anim, Sébastien Laudenbach, cm, 2012), L’Existence selon Gabriel (cm, 2015), Histoire de Stefano (cm, 2018), Simple Women (2019), A comme Azur (coregia/co-director Sébastien Laudenbach, cm, 2020), Linda veut du poulet! (Chicken for Linda!, coregia/co-director Sébastien Laudenbach, anim, 2023).

Sébastien Laudenbach

(Arras, France, 1973) is a director, illustrator, and a professor at ENSAD (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs). He has written and directed a dozen short films that have been selected and awarded at numerous international festivals, as well as credit packages and music videos. In 2016, he directed the animated feature film The Girl Without Hands, which was presented at Cannes, awarded at the Annecy International Animation Festival, and in competition for a César award. With this film, he developed a vibrant and highly personal style. In 2023, he co-directed Chicken for Linda! with Chiara Malta, which premiered at ACID section in Cannes.


Journal (cm, anim, 1998), Des câlins dans les cuisines (cm, anim, 2004), Regarder Oana (cm, anim, 2009), Vasco (cm, anim, 2010), Les Yeux du renard (coregia/co-director, anim, Chiara Malta, cm, 2012), XI. la force (cm, anim, 2013), Daphné ou la belle plante (coregia/co-director, anim, Sylvain Derosne, cm 2015), La Jeune fille sans mains (La fanciulla senza mani, anim, 2016), Vibrato (cm, anim, 2017), A comme Azur (coregia/co-director Chiara Malta cm, 2020), Linda veut du poulet! (Chicken for Linda!, coregia/co-director Chiara Malta, anim, 2023).


film director

“Linda veut du poulet! is a sweet and funny film the whole family will enjoy: a film that speaks of childhood from a child’s perspective, without being overly sentimental or exaggerating, with humor, mischief, and poetry. In this film, there are no fantasy worlds: the story takes place in the present day in a small, ordinary housing project, on the day of a general strike. There are no witches, no missions to save the world, and the only character that can fly is a… chicken!”


& Credits

DIRECTOR, SCREENPLAY: Sébastien Laudenbach, Chiara Malta. EDITING: Catherine Aladenise. PRODUCTION DESIGN: Margaux Duseigneur. SOUND: Erwan Kerzanet, Carolina Santana, Yan Volsy, Olivier Guillaume. PRODUCERS: Marc Irmer, Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Pierre Baussaron. PRODUCTION: Dolce Vita Films, Miya Productions, Palosanto Films.

CONTACT: I Wonder Pictures distribution@iwonderpictures.it