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Ernest & Celestine

YOUTH JURY AWARD FOR BEST FILMS4FAMILIES FEATURE: GRAND JURY PRIZE

Little mice are taught to be afraid of bears, but when little Celestine's dreams of meeting one is realized, the shabby Ernest proves to be the best friend an open-minded mouse could ask for. In French with English subtitles. All ages

Schedule
May 19, 2013
Sunday
10:00 AM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
May 24, 2013
Friday
6:30 PM SIFF Cinema Egyptian Date has passed

In a world largely dominated by 3D animation, Ernest & Celestine's old-fashioned charm, meaningful message, and magical watercolors trump any animated film from the past year. The movie wastes no time introducing the curious Celestine, a surprisingly open-minded mouse who challenges her headmistress' stern warnings about interacting with bears, who live like humans above ground. After creating mayhem on the surface, she bumps into a down-on-his-luck bear named Ernest. The two artistic souls take an immediate liking to each other and soon find themselves hibernating at Ernest's cabin. Because Celestine has gone missing from her home, the mice have sent the police out looking for her, and before the credits roll the young mouse and bear will turn the whole world upside down. Ernest & Celestine is one of those rare movies that grabs audiences with its playful creativity, but by the end of the second act, an emotional foundation has been formed and it becomes obvious that the film speaks profoundly to audiences of all ages.


Director Biography
Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar grew up in the Belgian countryside and met at the Institute of Fine Arts Saint-Luc in Liège in 1986. They have collaborated on multiple animation projects. Ernest & Celestine is French co-director Benjamin Renner’s first project out of animation school.

Sponsored in part by French American Cultural Society, The French American School of Puget Sound, French Embassy in the United States, French Immersion School of Washington, Alliance Francaise de Seattle, TV5 Monde, Delta Air Lines, Brotherton Cadillac Buick GMC

Director: Benjamin Renner, Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar
Principal Cast: Pauline Brunner, Anne-Marie Loop, Lambert Wilson
Country: France, Luxembourg, Belgium
Year: 2012
Running Time: 79 minutes
Producer: Didier Brunner, Henri Magalon, Vincent Tavier
Screenplay: Daniel Pennac
Editors: Fabienne Alvarez-Giro
Music: Vincent Courtois
Website: Official Website (French)
Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (SACD Prize); Cesar Awards 2013 (Cesar Best Animated Film); Dubai International Film Festival 2012 (People’s Choice Award); Cinekid 2011 (Cinekid Film Award)
Filmography: Stephane Aubier/Vincent Patar: A Town Called Panic (2009)
Language: French
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: GKids
International Sales: StudioCanal
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