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Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

There is light and beauty, even in the darkest of worlds.

Winner of Spain’s Goya Award for Best Animated Feature (where the director separately won Best Animated Short Film in the same year), Alberto Vázquez‘s debut feature is a darkly comic, mind-bending fantasy based on his own graphic novel and award-winning short film. Birdboy: The Forgotten Children is a darkly comic, beautiful and haunting tale of coming of age in a world gone to ruin, rich with wholly striking, graphic imagery that brings to life a discordant world populated by adorable (and adorably disturbed) animated critters searching for hope and love – amid the ruin.

Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world, teenager Dinky and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to escape in the hope of finding a better life. Meanwhile, her old friend Birdboy has shut himself off from the world, pursued by the police and haunted by demon tormentors. But unbeknownst to anyone, he contains a secret inside him that could change the world forever.

“This is a beautiful film, and an ugly one, and the tension between those two sides doesn’t abate until the very last scene.” (Indiewire)

“Given how rigid and formulaic most mainstream animation is, there’s something liberating about watching a traditionally hand-drawn cartoon thumb its nose so gleefully at traditional G-rated storytelling.” (NPR)

Friday, January 19
Doors 5:30 pm | Movie 6:00 pm

Tickets $10 advance HERE | $12 at the door

Saturday, January 27
Doors 1:00 pm | Movie 1:30 pm

Tickets $10 advance HERE | $12 at the door

*Minors welcome in the balcony! Must be 19 + w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

BIRDBOY: THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN (Alberto Vázquez & Pedro Rivero, 2017 / 75 mins / PG / Spanish with English subs) Birdboy and his animal friends plan their escape from an ecologically devastated island in this surreal, animated fantasy.

The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows

The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows

For the third straight year, The Rio Theatre is excited to welcome the return of one of our favourite annual movie events – the 19th edition of Ron Diamond’s wonderfully curated ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS, an eclectic mix featuring 16 exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the world. At a time of increasing social… Continue Reading

Seoul Station

Seoul Station

Directed by Sang-ho Yeon (THE KING OF PIGS, THE FAKE), the highly entertaining and socially aware animated zombie thriller SEOUL STATION is a kind of “prequel” to Yeon’s live-action horror film, the international mega-blockbuster TRAIN TO BUSAN (Korea’s highest grossing film of 2016 that also enjoyed several sold out screenings at the Rio!). SEOUL STATION… Continue Reading

Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent

This feature-length painted animation — the first film of its kind — explores the life and unusual death of celebrated painter Vincent Van Gogh via depictions of his artworks, bringing the paintings to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting, hand-painted by 125 professional… Continue Reading

The Rio Grind Film Festival: Junk Head

The Rio Grind Film Festival: Junk Head

Japanese animator Takahide Hori spent four years working on his 30 minute short film JUNK HEAD – and another four expanding it into its current feature-length iteration, an astounding stop-motion, post-apocalyptic sci-fi marvel that is an remarkable testament to its genuinely visionary creator. Following its World Premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Fest (The Satoshi Kon… Continue Reading

Shrek

Shrek

I bet you have never seen a donkey fly! Sometime since the release of this lovable animated satire in 2001 and now, SHREK has morphed into something of a cult-classic, a generational touchstone that make is perfect for a Friday Late Night Movie screening (with friends!) at the Rio Theatre on November 24. Minors welcome… Continue Reading

VIFF: Have a Nice Day

VIFF: Have a Nice Day

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the hosting venues for The 36th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival The festival runs Sept. 28 – Oct. 13, 2017 For VIFF Full schedule visit: viff.org Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through https://viff.org/Online/viwiff-2017… Continue Reading

VIFF: Loving Vincent

VIFF: Loving Vincent

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the hosting venues for The 36th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival The festival runs Sept. 28 – Oct. 13, 2017 For VIFF Full schedule visit: viff.org Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through https://viff.org/Online/viwiff-2017… Continue Reading

The Napping Princess

The Napping Princess

The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. While she should be studying for her exams, Kokone Morikawa is often dozing off, stuck between reality and a dream-world full of fantastic motorized contraptions. But after her father, a talented but mysterious mechanic, is arrested for stealing technology from a powerful… Continue Reading

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