DIASPORA teamed with CAPE and GKIDS to host a Q&A with the legendary Mamoru Hosoda to discuss his career and his latest film Belle.

The Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hosoda directed films such as Wolf Children and Mirai. With Belle he continues his visually stunning work.

A mix of Beauty and the Beast and Ready Player One, Belle focuses on Suzu, 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.

Watch the conversation below!