"A delightful melding of visual style and narrative pirouettes, Ernest And Celestine is a just-about-perfect hand drawn animated feature!" - Screen Daily
Preceded by the short film Ride Over.
From the creators of A Town Called Panic comes a visually stunning, enormously entertaining new film with generation-spanning appeal.
Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Fresh from standing ovations at Cannes and Toronto Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. Bringing it all together is the on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters – a flowing, tender and playful rapport that will put a smile on your face and make your heart glow.
Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine is winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes. (Dir. by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar & Benjamin Renner, 2012, France, In French with English subtitles, 80 mins., Not Rated)
Festivals: Cannes, Toronto
Winnie just wants to ride her bike, while Maude, her mother, is just trying to hold it all together. Take a spin with Winnie and Maude as they playfully go head-to-head in an alternate reality of control and rebellion in this beautifully scored, hand-painted animated short. (Dir. by Mik Garrison and Zoe Matthiessen, 2013, USA, 6 mins.)
Support for this film provided by Alliance Française of Tucson