From the celebrated Academy Award®-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, comes a fantastical, heartfelt story of growing up in the age of social media. Suzu is a shy, everyday high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. But when she enters “U”, a massive virtual world, she escapes into her online persona as Belle, a gorgeous and globally-beloved singer. One day, her concert is interrupted by a monstrous creature chased by vigilantes. As their hunt escalates, Suzu embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identity of this mysterious “beast” and to discover her true self in a world where you can be anyone.
Saturday, Feb 19 showing will be in English.
Sunday, Feb 20 showing will be in Japanese with English subtitles.
“Colors and hearts explode in Belle, and your head might too while watching this gorgeous anime.” — Manohla Dargis , New York Times
“Hosoda’s backdrops, with their soft colors and photorealist details, are always gorgeous enough to get lost in, but they also tell a deeper story of community and healing.” — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
English / Japanese (with English subtitles)