Directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
Sunday June 16
France/Belgium/Luxembourg, 79’, 2012, DPC, French with English subtitles
With the voices of: Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner
In normal bear life, it is frowned upon to make friends with a mouse. But Ernest, a big bear, a clown and musician who lives on the fringes of bear society, nonetheless welcomes little Célestine into his home. She is an orphan and has fled the mouse world down below. These two solitary characters find support and comfort in one another, but in the process, fly in the face of convention, upsetting the established order.
Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar are both cult favorites and leading names in European animation. The pair met as art students, graduating in 1991 from the visual arts academy in Brussels. Benjamin Renner directed 3 animation short films during his two years at La Poudrière, an animation film-directing school in France. Ernest et Célestine is his first feature film.