Ernest & Celestine
|Ernest & Celestine|
|Directed by||Stéphane Aubier
|Produced by||Didier Brunner
|Written by||Daniel Pennac|
|Music by||Vincent Courtois|
|Studio||La Parti Productions
|Distributed by||Studio Canal (France & UK)
|Running time||81 minutes|
Ernest & Celestine (French: Ernest et Célestine) is a 2012 French-Belgian animated film directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner. The film is based on a series of children's books of the same name published by the Belgian author and illustrator Gabrielle Vincent.
The film was selected to be screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, as part of the TIFF Kids programme at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and at the 2013 Hong Kong International Film Festival. It was selected for the grand competition at feature film edition of the 2013 World festival of animated film Animafest Zagreb and was screened as the opening film. The film will be released in the United States in 2013 by GKIDS.
Celestine is a young mouse who lives in the underground world of rodents. At the orphanage where she lives, the caretaker tells scary stories about the evil nature of the bears that live in the outside world, though Celestine doubts the stories are entirely true. She loves to draw but must soon study dentistry, the occupation all rodents hold. In preparation, she must travel above ground to collect bear cubs' lost teeth from underneath pillows. On one such occasion, the cub's family catches Celestine in the act and chase her into a trash can where she spends the night. The next morning, a destitute and starving bear named Ernest discovers Celestine and attempts to eat her. When she convinces him not to and leads the way to a cellar full of food, an unlikely bond forms between the two. But as they soon discover, not everyone - above ground or below - is so accepting of their unprecedented friendship.
- Lambert Wilson as Ernest, a poor reclusive bear whom Celestine befriends. Played by Forest Whitaker in English.
- Pauline Brunner as Celestine, a young orphan mouse who befriends Ernest. Played by Mackenzie Foy in English.
- Dominique Maurin as head of the clinic
- Anne-Marie Loop as The Grise, the mouse guardian of the orphanage
Andrew Chan of the Film Critics Circle of Australia writes, "The result is a human story of two unlikely allies, a mouse living in harmony and befriending a bear. It is essentially that simple and it works just fine."
In June 2013 the film was given the Award of the Hungarian National Student Jury at the 8th Festival of European Animated Feature Films and TV Specials.
|Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|Annie Awards||Best Animated Feature||Pending|
|Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production||Patrick Imbert||Pending|
|Directing in an Animated Feature Production||Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier||Pending|
|Production Design in an Animated Feature Production||Zaza, Zyk||Pending|
|Writing in an Animated Feature Production||Daniel Pennac||Pending|
|Editorial in an Animated Feature Production||Fabienne Alvarez-Giro||Pending|
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards||Best Animated Film||Won|
|Satellite Awards||Satellite Award for Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature||Pending|
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