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Belle (Ryû to sobakasu no hime)
 Sunday 13 March
1:30 PM

An unlikely bond is being forged between an angelic singer and a raging beast in an astonishing reenactment of the Beauty and the Beast. 

Suzu is an insecure teenager who compensates for traumatic events of her past by assuming the identity of Belle in the virtual metaverse called “U”. Rising unexpectedly to stardom, she learns to see beyond the veneer of strength and control provided by avatars, and gets drawn to the mysterious Dragon who wreaks havoc in the world of “U”. 

Mamoru Hosoda, whose Wolf Children won the Black Tulip Award at Imagine 2013, has become one of the greatest anime auteurs working today. Never compromising on the emotional complexity, he conjures fantastic worlds that overpower you with their beauty and grandeur, but also stay close to your skin. His movies manage to keep up with the social and technological zeitgeist while possessing a rare ability to make even the stone-hearted cynics cry. With Belle, he not only managed to do it again, but made it bigger, more spectacular, and somehow even more intimate than ever. 


Regie | Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Japan 2021
Stemmen | Voice Cast: Kaho Nakamura, Ryô Narita, Shôta Sometani