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OSCARS 2014 Belgium/France

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Ernest & Célestine on their way to the Oscars

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- Ernest & Célestine by Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier and Benjamin Renner will take part in the race for the Oscar for Best Animated Film

Ernest & Célestine on their way to the Oscars

Released at the end of 2012 in France and Belgium, Ernest & Célestine [+see also:
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interview: Benjamin Renner, Vincent Pa…
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]
was met by a resounding and surprising success, welcoming on both territories over 850,000 spectators. Adapted for the big screen from the universe and characters created by Belgian illustrator Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Célestine stands out from contemporary animation productions because of its intentional “old” style. This pastel tale softly breaks away from colour saturated productions, which are today taking over theatres, and delights itself as much as the spectators with the discrete and quaint charm of first degree humour. There is no irony or sarcasm in Ernest & Célestine, but rather poetry, tenderness, and goofy moments that save it from any kind of mawkishness. On this last point, we can in fact count on the screenplay of Daniel Pennac, and the artistic input of duo Patar & Aubier, the creators of the hilarious A Town Called Panic [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Stéphane Aubier and Vincen…
interview: Stéphane Aubier & Vincent P…
film profile
]
.

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The film, whose American voices are notable handled by Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall and Paul Giamatti, is distributed in the United States by Gkids, a distribution company specialized in animation (especially from Europe and Japan) created 5 years ago and whose filmography already includes three previous Oscar contenders for Best Animated Film (Brendan and the Secret of Kells [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Didier Brunner
interview: Tomm Moore
interview: Viviane Vanfleteren
film profile
]
, A Cat in Paris
 [+see also:
trailer
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]
and Chico & Rita [+see also:
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trailer
making of
film focus
interview: Javier Mariscal, Tono Errando
film profile
]
). It will be released at the end of March, after the Oscars. Ernest & Célestine is a co-production between Belgium (La Parti Production), France (Les Armateurs) and Luxembourg (Mélusine) funded by the CCA, Wallimage, the CNC and the Film Fund Luxembourg. It is worth noting that the film, which received the César for Best Animated Film last February, will compete on February 1 for the Magritte awards in the categories for Best Film, Best Director and Best Sound.   

(Translated from French)

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