Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 9th, 2011

One of the most interesting animated features from the past few years was the insanely charming and charmingly insane stop motion animated oddball, A TOWN CALLED PANIC. Well, the duo of Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar are back, and this time, with a film that looks wholly different that the hyper-energetic PANIC.

Co-directed by Benjamin Renner, ERNEST AND CELESTINE recently premiered some footage at the Annecy Festival in France, and thankfully we have our first look at this hotly anticipated project. The film is based on a book series from Gabrielle Vincent, and follows the story of a “gruff bear who wants to be an artist who befriends Celestine, an ingenius mouse." The film stars Lambert Wilson, Anne-Marie Loop, and Dominique Collignon, according to Variety (hat tip to /Film for digging up the information).

Personally, while I’m a huge fan of PANIC, I do really adore the look and feel of this film so far. I think the premise is really intriguing, and overall I just really can’t wait to see this style work on screen. We have gotten a cavalcade of 3D animated features, and this one looks to be very much not in that vein. It looks absolutely wonderful.

Finally, we have our first look (via The Playlist) at the upcoming Susanne Bier film, THE BALD HAIRDRESSER. The film is Bier’s follow-up to her Oscar winner, IN A BETTER WORLD, and stars Pierce Brosnan, Sebastian Jessen, Molly Egelind, Paprika Steen, Kim Bodnia, Line Kruse, and Trine Dyrholm.

HAIRDRESSER is having its story details being kept under strict lock and key, but it has been described as a “delightful love story, which has punch and deals with loss and a great love.” Personally, as a fan of Bier’s work, this is one that I can’t wait to check out. The pictures are rather small, so it’s hard to take much away from it, but the film as a whole is really intriguing. Head over to Zentropa to see them in their highest qualities.

What do you think?

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