Screens in English, 2013, 80 minutes, color, France/Belgium/Luxembourg, Sundance Kids
“Mice and bears can never be friends” according to the rules in the charming world of Ernest and Celestine. Celestine is a young mouse in an underground land where cautionary tales of bears are told and all mice are destined to become dentists. But that doesn’t stop Celestine from dreaming of becoming an artist. After being assigned a mission above ground—the world of bears—Celestine meets Ernest, a big bear, clown, and musician who lives on the fringes of bear society. Ernest welcomes her into his home, flying in the face of the established order. But when they are discovered by forces above and below ground, their unique friendship is tested. Will the unlikely pair be able to overcome the long-standing divide between mice and bears?
Based on the Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, this charming and beautifully animated film has been a festival favorite around the world. Presented in English for the first time, the film is certain to delight audiences of all ages.
Recommended for ages five and older. - P.H.
About the Directors
Benjamin Renner obtained his national diploma in visual arts at Angoulême art school to work on comic strips. He then joined the La Poudrière animation school, where he made Le corbeau voulant imiter l'aigle; Le plus gros president du monde, a film commissioned for the Canal + television channel; and A mouse's tale. Ernest and Celestine is his first feature film. It screened in the Directors' Fortnight at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and won the 2013 César for best animated film.
Graduates of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre in Brussels, Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar have enjoyed critical and cult acclaim in the world of animation. It took only one short film, Panique dans la cuisine, for Cowboy, Indian, and Horse to become the heroes of a hit series broadcast on Canal +. A Town Called Panic, a feature film based on their series of shorts, was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the 2009 Austin Fantastic Fest.
Cast and Credits
Directors: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar
Screenwriter: Daniel Pennac
Producers: Didier Brunner, Philippe Kauffmann, Vincent Tavier, Stéphan Roelants, Henri Magalon, Arlette Zylberberg,Eric Beckman, David Jesteadt, Michael Sinterniklaas (English language version)
Music: Vincent Courtois
Principal Cast: Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jeffrey Wright
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