GKIDS and ASIFA Portland proudly present ERNEST & CELESTINE, the César Award-winning animated feature and Official Selection of the Cannes International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and Los Angeles Film Festival. Based on the popular books by Belgian author Gabrielle Vincent, ERNEST & CELESTINE tells the tale of an unlikely friendship that spans worlds and species, recreating the books’ lush and expressive watercolor illustrations.
Director Benjamin Renner is flying in from France to give a unique presentation about the making of the film. This exclusive, one-time-only event takes place prior to the American release of the film.
Ernest & Celestine Screening with Benjamin Renner
Tuesday Nov. 19 @ 7:00pm
616 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
ASIFA Portland members only – FREE!
This members-only event is FREE for current ASIFA members — which includes all employees of LAIKA, Bent Image Lab, SuperGenius, and PNCA animation students. If your membership card is past-date, be sure to rejoin now: click here to join ASIFA Portland.
The Story: 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.
About the Film: Ernest & Celestine (French: Ernest et Célestine) is a 2012 French-Belgian animated filmdirected 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 will be released in the United States in 2013 by GKIDS.