Skip to main content


France / Luxembourg / Belgium, 2012 (MIFF 2012, Animation)

Director: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar


“A delightful melding of visual style and narrative pirouettes, Ernest & Celestine is a just-about-perfect hand drawn animated feature.” - Screen Daily

Celestine is a little mouse trying to avoid a dental career; Ernest is a big bear craving an artistic outlet. When Celestine meets Ernest, they overcome their natural enmity by forging a life of crime together.

This magical film is recent animation school graduate Benjamin Renner's debut feature, made in collaboration with A Town Called Panic (MIFF 09, also direct from Cannes that year) directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar. Inspired by Gabrielle Vincent's children's book of the same name, the directors have constructed an ornately detailed world realised in vibrant watercolour that complements the nature of Ernest and Celestine's colourful relationship. Receiving a special mention in the Director's Fortnight awards at Cannes, Ernest & Celestine is a cinematic delight.

Ernest & Celestine has received a special exemption from the Classification Board for the Saturday 11 August session so that anybody under 18 can attend.

D Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar P Didier Brynner, Henri Magalon, Vincent Tavier S Daniel Pennac Dist Rialto L French w/English subtitles TD DCP/2012

See also...


Simon lives in the country with his duck-hunting parents, so when he discovers a strange, duck-like creature he must decide what to do with it. Simple but stylish 3D animation lends depth this ... More »

Villa Antropoff

An African man impulsively sets off swimming across the sea, while an opulent and decadent wedding party for a gangster and his bride takes place on the land he is swimming towards. An absurd ... More »

The Great Rabbit

Winner of the Silver Bear Jury Prize at the 2012 Berlinale Shorts, The Great Rabbit is a surreal, fine-line animation by Atsushi Wada (The Mechanism of Spring, MIFF 11; In a Pig's Eye, MIFF 10). ... More »


Claire has lost all her dreams but one: the dream of being an artist. After accepting a job drawing the covers on greeting cards, she must fight to keep her last dream from dying in this gothic urban ... More »


A surreal animated erotic fantasy on board a morning tram when the driver allows her imagination to run wild. ... Screened in the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes. ... D/S Michaela Pavlátová P Ron ... More »


Spain's first ever stop-motion feature is a haunting journey into Gothic folklore. ... Convict Ramón escapes from prison and heads towards a remote village in search of loot that was hidden ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director