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Belle   12   

Japan | 2021                121 minutes
Mamoru Hosoda

This film, whose full title is Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess is loosely based on the story of Beauty and the Beast, updated to the age of social media. It’s directed by Mamoru Hosoda, who also directed our last anime screening – The Girl Who Leapt through Time.

Suzu is a shy high-school student in rural Japan, who has given up on her previous passion for writing and singing songs, following the death of her mother. She’s persuaded to enrol in a virtual world called U, where her avatar, known as Belle, becomes a rising star as a singer. The narrative shows how the real and virtual worlds can work together, so that Suzu can overcome adversity in the real world, but only with the help of Belle in the virtual one.

The film has become highly regarded in anime circles and, apparently, received a fourteen-minute standing ovation after its premier at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021. Not quite an anime musical, it’s anime with lots of music, and anime for all the family.

27 May 2024  MONDAY  19:30
Tickets £8.00|£5.00 (up to age 25)
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