February 28, 2014
(LA; NY release: March 14)
Directors: Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriter: Daniel Pennac
Starring: Jeffrey Wright, William H. Macy, Lauren Bacall, Forest Whitaker, Paul Giamatti, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Mackenzie Foy
Copyright Holder: N/A
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.