Ernest & Celestine
Ernest et Célestine

Sundance Kabuki CinemasSun, Apr 28, 2013 12:30 PM Not Available
Film Info
Section:New Directors
Premiere Status:France
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:80
Original Language:French
dir:Stéphane Aubier
Vincent Patar
Benjamin Renner
prod:Didier Brunner
Philippe Kauffmann
Vincent Tavier
Stephan Roelants
Henri Magalon
scr:Daniel Pennac
editor:Fabienne Alvarez-Giro
mus:Vincent Courtois
Thomas Fersen
cast:Pauline Brunner
Lambert Wilson
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Ernest is a lighthearted but hungry bear. Celestine is a young, orphaned mouse who loves to draw. “Only in fairy tales can bears be friends with mice,” she’s told while listening to her favorite bedtime story about the Big Bad Bear. The free-spirited Celestine disregards this warning and uses her smarts to make a natural enemy into an unlikely friend. Based on the stories and gorgeous watercolor illustrations of the late Belgian artist Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine pops to life with a lush palette of color in an adventure that is at once dark and foreboding, but also strange, surreal and frequently hilarious. The pair become fugitives, outcasts from both the aboveground lair of the bears and the underworld relegated to the mice. Strangely enough, both worlds seem to be obsessed with dental hygiene. A trio of virtuoso animation talents team up to bring Vincent’s vivid storybook world to the screen. Benjamin Renner whose acclaimed short, A Mouse's Tale (2008), parallels Ernest & Celestine began the project before enlisting A Town Called Panic (SFIAF 2009) filmmakers Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar to join him and infuse the film with their signature absurd humor. The trio has put together a sumptuous-looking fairy tale–the winner of the 2013 Cesar Award for Best Animated Film—told with Old World charm that will delight children and adults alike.
-Bob Hoffman
Contemporary French Cinema Sponsors
Additional Information

Benjamin Renner

Benjamin Renner’s animated short, A Mouse's Tale (2008), was nominated for a French César Award in 2012. Ernest & Celestine (2012) is his debut feature film.

Stéphane Aubier

Vincent Patar

Belgian filmmaker Stéphane Aubier met Vincent Patar in 1986 when they both attended La Cambre, Belgium's School of Visual Arts. Together they created André the horse and Pic Pic the pig, stars of their award-winning student film, Pic Pic André shoow (1988). Among the pair’s projects are Ufo's boven Geel (1999), Rupture (2000) and their award-winning first feature, A Town Called Panic (SFIAF 2009).