Creative Team
  Benjamin Renner Director

Benjamin RennerDirector


After passing his baccalaureate, Benjamin Renner took a course in preparation for art school, then enrolled in Beaux-Arts d’Angoulême, where he obtained his National Diploma in Visual Arts for comic arts.

He entered La Poudrière, a directorial school for animated film, where he directed two short films: « Le corbeau voulant imiter l'aigle » and « Le plus gros président du monde » (commissioned by the channel TV Canal J) in 2006.

In 2007, he directed his thesis film, the short « La queue de la souris », for which he won numerous awards: the Prix du Court Métrage Étudiant, the Prix du Public at the Anima Festival in Brussels, The Special Mention from the animation jury of the International Festival of Documentay and Animated Films in Leipzig, the Prix Spécial Aleksander Tatarskiy from the International Festival of Animated Film in Krok, and the Cartoon d’Or from Forum Cartoon.

That same year, he directed the graphic development of the feature length film « Occho Kochoi », now called « Gus », for Teamto.

In 2008, fresh out of school, Benjamin Renner found himself entrusted with the direction of his first feature length film, « Ernest & Celestine », by the film’s producer, Didier Brunner.

In 2012, « Ernest & Celestine » was screened at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors’ Fortnight program.

  Les Picpic André Co-directors

Les Picpic AndréCo-directors


Graduates of the École Supérieure des Arts Visuels of La Cambre in Brussels, Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, known today by the name of «Pic Pic», enjoy public renown and criticism in the world of animation. In only a few short films, the crazy pig and horse of the « Pic Pic André Show » became cult figures. Their trademark: an inimitable Belgian accent and a humor with a touch of the absurd. Over the years, Aubier and Patar touched up their universe, utilizing different techniques. In 2002, the « DVD Pic Pic André et leurs amis » compiled the duo’s best shorts.

Louise Attaque and Dyonisos then called on them to direct music videos. In parallel, they dug up the plastic figurines of their childhood and turned them into the animated characters of a provincial saga. It sufficed as a short film, « Panique dans la cuisine », after which Cowboy, Indian and Horse became the heroes of a series that aired on Canal+: « Panique au village » (known in the United States as «A Town Called Panic»). In 2009, « Panique au village » became a feature length film with a sense of mockery, absurdity and imagination that was praised by the public and critics alike. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival as an Official Selection. Their follow-up is « Ernest & Celestine » which they co-directed with Benjamin Renner.

  Daniel Pennac Screenplay

Daniel PennacScreenplay


Daniel Pennac was born on December 1, 1944 during a stopover in Casablanca. Born into a family of civil servants and travelers, his childhood was mild and marked by many visits elsewhere in Africa, Asia, Europe…

He studied literature at Nice and Aix, and was a professor of literature from 1969 to 1995 at Soissons and at Paris, often for difficult classes. From 1979 to 1981, he followed his partner to Brazil and became an amateur hammock enthusiast.

His first novels were humorous novels and childrens’ books. Following a bet, he discovered the «Série noire» (crime thriller). Thus in 1985 his book « Au bonheur des Ogres », the first in the series of the adventures of Benjamin Malaussène, made its debut.

In that book he implemented his style: rhythmic, smooth, roguish. From this alchemy, which would become the saga of Malaussène (« La Fée Carabine », « La Petite Marchande de Roses »- Prix Inter 1990 -, « Monsieurs Malaussenne » et « Aux fruits de la passion»), was born a potion of success. This potion he spiced in 1992 with an essay on reading, « Comme un roman », in which he elucidated the rights of the reader.

In 1997, he released another novel, « Messieurs les enfants », or a tale addressed to the big kids we all are, alongside a « cinéma à la clé » adaptation by Pierre Bouton. « Merci » appeared in October 2004 from Éditions Gallimard. In 2006, Daniel Pennac released « Nemo par Pennac », a work that presents the journey of the artist Nemo, who decorated the walls of the Paris neighborhood of Belleville for many years. « Ernest & Celestine » is his first original screenplay for an animated film.


1992: Comme un Roman, Gallimard
1973: Le Service militaire au service de qui ?

Novels for Seuil:
2012: Journal d'un corps, Gallimard
2007: Chagrin d'école, Gallimard, Prix Renaudot
2006: Nemo par Pennac, Hoebeke
2004: Merci, Gallimard
2003: Le Dictateur et le hamac, Gallimard
2000: La Débauche, Futuropolis. BD illustrée par Tardi dont D.Pennac a écrit le scénario
2000: Des Chrétiens et des Maures, Gallimard
1999: Aux Fruits de la passion, Gallimard
1997: Messieurs les enfants, Gallimard 1
1996: Monsieur Malaussène au théâtre, Gallimard
1995: Monsieur Malaussène, Gallimard
1990: La Petite Marchande de prose, Prix du livre Inter, Gallimard
1987: La Fée Carabine, Gallimard
1985: Au Bonheur des ogres, Gallimard
1979: Père Noël, Grasset
1977: Les Enfants de Yalta, Lattès

Childrens’ Books:
2001: Le serpent électrique, Gallimard jeunesse
2001: Le crocodile à roulettes, Gallimard jeunesse
2001: Bon bain les bambins, Gallimard jeunesse
1998: Sahara,Thierry Magnier Eds
1997: Qu'est-ce que tu attends Marie ?, Calmann-Lévy
1993: La Vie à l'envers, Bayard jeunesse
1993: L'évasion de Kamo, Gallimard jeunesse
1992: Kamo, l'agence Babel, Gallimard jeunesse
1992: Kamo et moi, Gallimard jeunesse
1992: Kamo, l'idée du siècle, Gallimard jeunesse
1984: L'Œil du loup, Nathan jeunesse
1982: Cabot caboche, Nathan jeunesse, Folio jeunesse
1980: Le grand Rex, Editions du Centurion

  Vincent Courtois Music

Vincent CourtoisMusic


From classical to jazz, the poetry of improvisation…

Vincent Courtois, composer of the original score for Ernest & Celestine, was born in Paris on March 21, 1968. A classical cellist since the age of six, he was awarded first place in cello and in chamber music from the Conservatoire d\’Aubervilliers in a class taught by Erwan Fauré. Afterwards, he studied alongside Roland Pidoux and Frédéric Lodéon, obtaining his Diplôme Supérieur d'Exécution from the École Normale de Paris.

At the same time as his classical studies, Vincent Coutois discovered improvisational jazz with Jean-Charles Capon and Dominique Pifarély. He performed his first concerts with the Octet de Christian Escoudé before joining Didier Levallet’s Swing String System, playing with greats such as Martial Solal, Michel Petrucciani, Tony Williams, Dave Holland and joining Gérard Marais’s Quartet Opera (even accompanying the band Les Rita Misuoko on their acoustic tour). In parallel, his meeting with Louis Sclavis permitted him to work on music for film and theatre.

He put in place his own musical groups, for which he played and composed (three trios and a quintet) and integrated into numerous excellent jazz ensembles: The Enseble of Pierre Favre, the Trio of Yves Robert, Louis Sclavis’s quartet Napoli’s Walls, etc. with whom he recorded albums and accompanied on tours throughout the world. Ultimately, in 2011, he founded «La Compagnie de l'Imprévu».

In 2010, he was knighted into the Order of Arts and Letters.

For the last dozen years, Vincent Courtois has explored another facet of music and composed more and more original scores. For « Ernest & Celestine », he worked in collaboration with the French author-composer and lyricist Thomas Fersen to whom we owe, notably, the lyrics of “Le chanson d'Ernest et Celestine."


2011: « Amarco » (Emouvance) Trio Claude Tchamitchian and Guillaume Roy
2011: « Live in Berlin » (Le triton) Vincent Courtois Quartet
2010: « L'Imprévu » (Rethink Art, Label Labuissonne) Solo
2009: « ASAP » (CamJazz) Ellery Eskelin, Sylvie Courvoisier
2008: « L'Homme avion » (Chief Inspector) Zé Jam, Francis Lebras, Maxime Delpierre, Olivier Sens, Guillaume Dommartin,Adrien Amey, Regis Huby)
2006: « What do you mean by silence ? » (Le Triton) Marc Baron, Francois Merville, Jeanne Added
2004: « Les contes de Rose Manivelle » (Le Triton) Zé Jam, Francis Lebras, Guillaume Dommartin, Olivier Sens, Louis Sclavis
2003: « Trio Rouge » (Intuition) Lucilla Galeazi, Michel Godard
2002: « The fitting room » (Enja Records) Marc Ducret, Dominique Pifarely
1993: « Turkish Blend » (Al Sur Media 7) Gilles Andrieux, Julien Lourau, Bojan Z, Nicolas Krassik, Kakoli, Benoit Dunoyer,Youval Micenmacher
2000: « Translucide » (Enja Records) Noel Akchoté, Yves Robert, Michel Godard
1994: « Pendulum Quartet » (Label Acousti) , Julien Lourau, Benoit Dunoyer, Daniel Garcia Bruno
1991: « Pleine Lune » (Nocturne Productions) Pierre Christophe, Benoit Dunoyer, Serge Gacon, Dominique Pifarely, Julien Lourau, Xavier Desandre
1990: « Cello news » (Nocture Productions) Pierre Christophe, Benoit Dunoyer, Serge Gacon

Original Scores:

Feature Length Films:
2012: « Ernest & Celestine » by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier
2007: « Ma vie n'est qu'une comédie romantique » by Marc Gibaja
2006: « L'Eclaireur » by Djibril Glissant

Courts métrages:
2011: « Deep Inside » by Marc Gibaja
2010: « Le temps de la bataille » by Hervé Jakubowicz
2002: « Tout aura lieu sûr » by Gilles Perru
2001: « Confessions dans un bain » by Marc Gibaja
1997: « La vie d'Herbert C. Berliner » by Marc Gibaja


Ernest & Celestine

A film by
Benjamin Renner
Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier

With Lambert Wilson and Pauline Brunner

Screenplay Daniel Pennac

Based on the books by Gabrielle Vincent « ERNEST & CELESTINE » published by EDITIONS CASTERMAN

Graphic Adaptation of Characters Seï Riondet / Art Direction Zaza et Zyk / Animation Director Patrick Imbert / Chief Editor Fabienne Alvarez-Giro / Public Relations Manager Jean-Paul Commin / First Assistant Directors Bénédicte Galup and Lionel Kerjean / Executive Producer Ivan Rouveure / Production Director Thibaut Ruby / Produced by Didier Brunner, Philippe Kauffmann, Vincent Tavier, Stéphan Roelants and Henri Magalon

Executive Producers of Music 22D Music – Emmanuel Delétang / Original Music Vincent Courtois / Casting and Voice Director Jean-Marc Pannetier / Recording Studio Piste Rouge / Mixing Studio Studio L'Equipe / Sound Effects and Sound Editing Dame Blanche / « La chanson d\’Ernest et Célestine » written and performed by Thomas Fersen with the amiable authorization of tôt

Chief Storyboarder Etienne Willem / Chief of Color Backgrounds Pascal Gérard / Colorization and Textures Digital Graphics Studio/ Compositing Blue Spirit Studio / Editing Sylicone / Digital and Photochemical Laboratory B-MAC

With the Support of Eurimages Fonds du Conseil de l'Europe, Programme Media de l'Union Européenne, Région Ile-de-France in partnership with the CNC, Pôle Image Magelis with the support of the Département de la Charente et de la Région Poitou-Charentes in partnership with the CNC

Produced with the Aid of Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, and of VOO (TV-NET-TEL). With the participation of the Région Wallonne.

Directed with the support of Tax Shelter of the Gouvernement Fédéral Belge, Casa Kafka Pictures, Dexia

With the participation of the RTBF. With the participation of the Fonds national de soutien à la production audiovisuelle du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg


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  Les Armateurs Producer

Les ArmateursProducer


Les Armateurs - Didier Brunner – Producer.

After having started directing films in the middle of the 1980s, Didier Brunner moved onto production, creating the company Trans Europe Film with which he produced, among others, DES CHATS, a series adapted from the work of the artist Steinlein, TELETOON, a magazine about animation, and in 1991, TALES OF THE NIGHT by Michel Ocelot.

En 1994, he established Les Armateurs. The company found its first successes in 1997, thanks to the Oscar®-nominated short film LA VIEILLE DAME ET LES PIGEONS by Sylvain Chomet as well as Michel Ocelot’s famous KIRIKOU ET LA SORCIÈRE (KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS), released in 1998. There followed, among others, PRINCES ET PRINCESSES by Michael Ocelot (2000), L’ENFANT QUI VOULAIT ETRE UN OURS by Jannik Hastrup (2002), LES TRIPLETTES DE BELLEVILLE (THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE) by Sylvain Chomet (an Official Selection at Cannes and nominated for an Academy Award), T’CHOUPI (2004), KIRIKOUS ET LES BÊTES SAUVAGES (2005) directed by Michel Ocelot and Bénédicte Galup, THE SECRET OF KELLS (2008), nominated for an Academy Award in 2010, and ALLEZ RACONTE! (2010).


  Mélusine Co-producer



Mélusine - Stephan Roelants, Co-producer

Mélusine Productions, the company created in 1998 in Luxembourg by Stéphan Roelants, has participated since its beginning in the production of films, documentaries and television series, their search oriented around European projects of quality and principally within the domain of animation.

The company has been most active for the last several years with a variety of feature length films such as A TOWN CALLED PANIC, THE DAY OF THE CROWS and TANTE HILDA (AUNT HILDA) with Folimage.

Currently in production: EXTRAORDINARY TALES by Raul Garcia and SONG OF THE SEA by Tomm Moore.

  La Parti Production Co-producers

La Parti ProductionCo-producers


La Parti Production - Vincent Tavier & Philippe Kauffmann, Co-producers

LA PARTI, a Belgian production company, is led by Vincent Tavier (producer of C'EST ARRIVÉ PRÈS DE CHEZ VOUS) et Philippe Kauffmann. The famous animated series A TOWN CALLED PANIC (directed by Stéphane Aubier et Vincent Patar) became the trademark of the company: a modern cinema, an offbeat humor and a way of making no concessions.

There followed AALTRA (by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern), CALVAIRE (by Fabrice du Welz), KOMMA (by Martine Doyen), and OÙ EST LA MAIN DE L'HOMME SANS TÊTE, by Guillaume Malandrin. More recently, they produced KILL ME PLEASE by Olias Barco and LE GRAND'TOUR by Jérôme Le Maire and Vincent Solheid. Animation remained at the heart of La Parti’s work. Besides supporting French productions (PEUR(S) DU NOIR and ZARAFA), in 2009 La Parti produced the feature-length PANIQUE AU VILLAGE (A TOWN CALLED PANIC), which screened at the Cannes Film Festival (Official Selection, Out of Competition), before throwing themselves into the adventure of ERNEST AND CELESTINE.

  Digital Graphics

Digital Graphics


Digital Graphics

Created in 1994 by the Umé brothers, Digital Graphics is a Belgian company specializing in 2D and 3D animations and digital special effects for film and television. At the time, Marc was an aerospatial engineer and Serge an architect. Few architects used computers, so the company innovated by subcontracting projects in 3D design and visualization before finding themselves tasked with projects for television and documentaries.

1999 marked the start of a beautiful adventure with the first short film directed in collaboration with Arnaud Demuynck, UNE NUIT DE CAFARD, written by Jacques Donjean. The film received several prizes, including the Golden Eyes at the Audiovisual Creative Fair for best special effects.

VENDREDI OU UN AUTRE JOUR by Yvan Le Moine, the realism of which required numerous special effects, marked the transition towards custom software development and a world premiere: the first feature length film with special effects created entirely with open source tools.