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Belle by Mamoru Hosoda
Belle by Mamoru Hosoda © 2021 Studio Chizu

Belle, the animation film by the Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda will world premiere at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Premiere section. FollowingcWolf Childrenc(2012), The Boy and the Beast (2015), and Mirai (2018), it is the first official Selection for Mamoru Hosoda.

Belle, is the third animation film presented this year at the Festival after Ari Folman’s Where is Anne Frank andcThe Summit of the Gods by Patrick Imbert.

Belle tells the story of Suzu, an insecure teenager living in a small town in the mountains with her father… in real life. Because in the virtual world of U, Suzu becomes Belle, a musical icon followed by more than 5 billion followers…

With this film, Mamoru Hosoda returns on the subject of virtual worlds, already dealt in Summer Wars.

“Belle is the film that I’ve always dreamt to create,” declared Mamoru Hosoda, “and that I can make today thanks to the culmination of my previous films. In this one, I explore romance, action, and suspense as well as deeper themes such as life and death. I hope that it will be a big entertaining show.”

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