As Mark Zuckerberg pronounces the metaverse is the future, it’s already been realised, on a commute by London architect Eric Wong – and can be experienced in cinemas 4th Feb.
Wong, a full time architect, was asked by Oscar-nominated, visionary director Mamoru Hosada to create the virtual world “U” that provides the backdrop for the film BELLE, which is released in UK cinemas next month [There are two final central London screening opportunities – Friday 28th Jan, 6 for 6.30pm, and Tuesday 1st Feb, 12 for 12.30pm].
Wong sketched out his dazzling “U” world during his daily commute, creating a labyrinthine wonder for this timely re-imagining of the classic Beauty and the Beast tale, the story of Suzu, a country girl who becomes a music sensation in the virtual world of “U” with the mesmerising avatar Belle.
BELLE had its world premiere at the 74th Cannes Film Festival, where it was met with a 14-minute long standing ovation. The film was also screened at the 65th BFI London Film Festival, and has received a host of five star reviews. It comes to UK cinemas in February.
Synopsis Of BELLE
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.
Reviews For BELLE
“Spellbinding” ★★★★★ Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph
“Dazzling” ★★★★★ Phil de Semlyen, Time Out
“A feast for the heart and senses” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Kevin Harley, Total Film
“Mamoru Hosoda creates worlds you long to climb inside” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Emily Breen, HeyUGuys
“a thrilling sensory experience with emotional depths” ★ ★ ★ ★ Kambole Campbell, Empire
“A dazzling fairytale” ★★★★★ Stephen Kelly, SFX
“Simply magnificent” ★★★★★ James Perkins, Starburst
★★★★★ Gavin Spoors, Filmhounds
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