BBFC RatingBelle

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GenreAnimation, Adventure, Drama
DirectorMamoru Hosoda
WritersMamoru Hosoda
LanguageJapanese (subtitled version) / English (dubbed version)
Running Time2HR 1MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Oscar-nominated anime director Mamoru Hosoda returns with an outstanding tale, following a socially awkward girl who transforms herself into a megastar within a virtual world.

High-school student Suzu finds everyday social conventions difficult to deal with and is increasingly drawn into an alternative, virtual world via the U app – an Internet-based environment with five billion members. Here, she excels as singing megastar Belle; her alter-ego even providing her with a confidence boost in reality.

U allows people like Suzu, who battles to cope with the loss of her mother, to find some sanctuary from the pain and struggles of their real lives. Yet, within its atmosphere of beauty and wonder, an underlying danger surfaces. Belle/Suzu’s life becomes entwined with a disruptive presence known as the ‘Dragon’, as she recognises that behind this threatening façade someone pained is crying out for help.

Fast becoming one of the most exciting filmmakers in Japanese animation, Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf Children, Mirai) continues to build on an impressive body of work, dealing with heavy themes in a sensitive and artistic manner. Belle is a captivating, magical voyage and an insightful snapshot of how technology has transformed all our lives.

Belle will screen in the original Japanese version with English subtitles for all evening screenings. Screenings before 5pm will be the English language dubbed version (look for the DB symbol).
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