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Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

From Academy Award-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi – animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces SPIRITED AWAY, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, and PONYO, and director of WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE and THE SECRET WORLD OF ARIETTY – comes a dazzling new adventure about a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one… Continue Reading

The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

From Executive Producer Angelina Jolie and the team behind such animated treasures as THE SECRET OF KELLS and SONG OF THE SEA comes one of this year’s Oscar picks (nominee, Best Animated Feature)  THE BREADWINNER, based on Deborah Ellis’ best-selling novel about a headstrong young Afghani girl. Parvana is an 11-year-old girl who lives under… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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, and currently nominated for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award — 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… 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

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