In the small mountain village where she lives with her father, Suzu is a shy teenager; but in the virtual world of U she's Belle, a music icon with millions of followers. The divide between these two universes will be compromised when Belle meets the Beast, a fascinating but terrifying creature. Once again, Mamoru Hosoda delves into the interstice between fantastic and virtual, in a new animated gem presented at the past Cannes Film Festival.


Mamoru Hosoda

A master of fantasy and contemporary animation, in 1991 he started off working for Toei Animation. In Sitges, he’s won four Anima't awards for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), Summer Wars (2009), Wolf Children (2012) and Mirai (2018).

Technical information

Japan. 2021

121 min

DirectorMamoru Hosoda

WriterMamoru Hosoda

EditorShigeru Nishiyama

WithKaho Nakamura, Kôji Yakusho, Lilas Ikuta

Edition: 2021
Section: Official Fantàstic Competition
Original language: Japanese