Chicken for Linda!

Linda veut du poulet !

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

Paulette feels guilty after unjustly punishing her daughter Linda and would do anything to make it up to her. She would even make chicken with peppers, although she doesn't know how to cook. But how will she find a chicken on the day of a general strike? A sweet and funny film the whole family will enjoy: a film that speaks of childhood from a child’s perspective, with humor, mischief, and poetry. An ode to freedom, to revolution, to disorder, even anarchy, with a vitality that spreads like an oil slick that coats everything it encounters: rules, common sense, the Establishment. An offbeat film that takes us back to our childhood, with a sharp sense of absurdity and satire, taking several tangents as its tone passes from serious to a sense of wonder, tainted with melancholy, to touch the inner child deep inside all of us.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Chiara Malta, Sébastien Laudenbach
Script: Chiara Malta, Sébastien Laudenbach
Editing: Catherine Aladenise
Sound: Carolina Santana, Yan Volsy
Music: Clément Ducol
Production: Dolce Vita Films, Miyu Productions
Producers: Tanguy Olivier, Carole Faure
Co-production: Flaminio Zadra
Format: DCP
Production Country: France
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 76'
Contact: Charades
Awards/Distinctions: Cristal for a Feature Film, Gan Foundation Award for Distribution – Annecy IFF (2023)

Suitable for kids over the age of 8

Chiara Malta

Chiara Malta has directed several short films including a trilogy on childhood that have been selected for and awarded at numerous international festivals. After her feature-length documentary Armando e la politica for la Lucarne (Arte/ZDF), she became an artist-in-residence at the Villa Medici (Rome). Her first feature film, Simple Women, was the opening film for the Discovery category of the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019. She regularly directs episodes for the French TV series Chronicles of the Sun and is currently in Italy shooting the first season of a series produced by Grøenlandia and Fidelio.


2006 L’Isle (short)
2008 Armando la politica
2010 Waiting for a Woman (short)
2015 The Existence According to Gabriel (short)
2017 Histoire de Stefano (short)
2019 Simple Women
2022 A comme Azur (short)
2023 Chicken for Linda!

Sébastien Laudenbach

Director, illustrator, and professor at ENSAD (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs), Sébastien Laudenbach has written a dozen award-winning short films selected by numerous international festivals, as well as credit packages and music videos. With his feature film The Girl Without Hands, presented at Cannes, awarded at the Annecy International Animation Festival, and in competition for a César award, Sébastien Laudenbach has developed a lively, signature style full of movement.


1998 Journal (short)
2010 Vasco (short)
2014 Daphné ou la belle plante (short)
2016 The Girl Without Hands
2017 Vibralto (short)
2023 Chiken for Linda!