GKIDS’ newest acquisition BELLE, from acclaimed filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda and his firm Studio Chizu, is an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival and can make its world debut within the Cannes Premiere part on Thursday, July 15. This marks the Hosoda’s second invitation to Cannes. His first, Mirai, made its debut at Director’s Fortnight in 2018 earlier than happening to obtain an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature. GKIDS will launch BELLE theatrically in North America in each its unique Japanese language and a brand new English dubbed model this winter, and can qualify the movie for 2021 awards consideration.
“Following the selection of my previous film ‘Mirai’ for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, I am honored that ‘Belle’ has been selected for the Première section of the Official Selection. It is extremely rare for an animated film to be selected for the Festival de Cannes, and I believe that this selection is a sign to the audience of the both the significance of this new film and the growing recognition of animated films in the future,” stated Hosoda.
Hosoda‘s extremely anticipated new animated characteristic, BELLE, is an unique story written and helmed by the celebrated director whose earlier movies embody Mirai, The Boy and the Beast, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and others. Hosoda is joined by very long time producing companion and Studio Chizu co-founder Yuichiro Saito, as producer on the title.
On BELLE, the Japanese artistic crew labored in collaboration with a roster of worldwide skills. Character designer Jin Kim, the artist behind a number of iconic Disney options together with Moana, Tangled, and Frozen, designed the titular Belle. Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar®-nominated Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart (Wolfwalkers, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) additionally be a part of the crew, contributing art work for the varied digital fantasy worlds inside the movie. Hosoda continues his movie collaborations with architects, and is joined by up-and-coming British architect and designer Eric Wong, who designed the digital world of “U.” Rounding out the crew, composer Ludvig Forssell, greatest identified for his collaborations with online game auteur Hideo Kojima (Death Stranding, Metal Gear Solid V), joined the rating crew for the movie.
BELLE is scheduled to be launched in theaters in Japan starting July 16.
From the celebrated Oscar®-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, creator of Mirai, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, and extra, comes a fantastical, but stunning and up to date thematic story of 1 woman’s development within the age of social media.
Suzu is a 17-year-old highschool pupil dwelling in a rural village together with her father. For years, she has solely been a shadow of herself. One day, she enters “U,” a digital world of 5 billion members on the Internet. There, she will not be Suzu anymore however Belle, a world-famous singer. She quickly meets with a mysterious creature. Together, they embark on a journey of adventures, challenges and love, of their quest to grow to be who they really are.