Academy Award-nominated director Mamoru Hosada’s eighth feature film Belle will be making its debut in the United States at the 59th edition of the New York Film Festival (NYFF59), courtesy of GKIDS.

There are currently two showtimes listed on the NYFF59 website:

  • Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 12:00pm in Alice Tully Hall
  • Friday, October 1, 2021 @ 3:30pm in Walter Reade Theater

GKIDS describes the film:

Suzu is a 17-year-old high school student living in a rural village with her father. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. One day, she enters “U,” a virtual world of 5 billion members on the Internet. There, she is not Suzu anymore but Belle, a world-famous singer. She soon meets with a mysterious creature. Together, they embark on a journey of adventures, challenges and love, in their quest to become who they truly are.

The film had its world premiere at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on July 15, 2021. Anime News Network reported that it received a 14-minute standing ovation. It opened the following day in Japan in IMAX and regular theaters.

NYFF59 will be held September 24 – October 10, 2021. Proof of vaccination will be required to attend.

Belle is listed with a 121-minute runtime and will screen in Japanese with English subtitles. Tickets go on sale on September 7, 2021.

[Source: New York Film Festival listing]