Starring:Lambert Wilson as Ernest, a poor reclusive bear whom Celestine befriends,
Pauline Brunner as Celestine, a young orphan mouse who befriends Ernest,
Dominique Maurin as head of the clinic,
Anne-Marie Loop as The Grise, the mouse guardian of the orphanage
People''s Choice Award for Best Drama Feature Film
The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.
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 was released in the United States in 2013 by GKIDS. The film received the Magritte Award for Best Film.
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.