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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.

Badass IV: Canadian Shorts  & She Who Must Burn (w/ Larry Kent)

Badass IV: Canadian Shorts & She Who Must Burn (w/ Larry Kent)

The Fourth Annual International Vancouver Badass Film Festival is coming February 23-25, with events and screenings at The Rio Theatre on February 24th and 25th. Saturday, Feb 24 Doors 3:30pm 4pm: Canadian Badass Short Film Block 5:15pm: She Who Must Burn (Canada) presented by legendary indie Director Larry Kent with Q & A to follow. Never before screened… Continue Reading

It

It

Based on Stephen King‘s hugely popular novel IT – which has been terrifying readers for decades – director Andy Muschietti‘s adaptation became one of 2017’s breakout hits, and makes for perfect Friday Late Night Movie viewing on January 12 (if you dare…). When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group… Continue Reading

The Gentlemen Hecklers Presents: Flatliners (1990)

The Gentlemen Hecklers Presents: Flatliners (1990)

Come see folks who wrote jokes for Netflix‘s latest season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 provide live, hilarious commentary for some early-90s sci-fi with Joel Schumacher‘s FLATLINERS. Let The Gentlemen Hecklers provide you with their unique brand of live, hilarious commentary – for the best cheesy movies! Eric Fell, Patrick Maliha, and Shaun Stewart are… Continue Reading

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Following 2015’s breathtakingly original and Oscar-nominated romance THE LOBSTER, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (DOGTOOTH) and actor Colin Farrell re-team for another unusual offering, with the psychological revenge- thriller THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER. Farrell again stars, this time as a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole… 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

The Rio Grind Film Festival: The Lodgers

The Rio Grind Film Festival: The Lodgers

Following its World Premiere at TIFF and its European Premiere as Sitges Film Festival‘s closing night film, The Rio Grind Film Festival is honoured to bring Brian O’Malley‘s (2015’s criminally under-seen LET US PREY) exquisite, sensual and chilling work of pure gothic horror, THE LODGERS, to a Vancouver audience on Sunday, November 19. Set in… Continue Reading

The Lodgers

The Lodgers

Following its World Premiere at TIFF and its European Premiere as Sitges Film Festival‘s closing night film, The Rio Grind Film Festival is honoured to bring Brian O’Malley‘s (2015’s criminally under-seen LET US PREY) exquisite, sensual and chilling work of pure gothic horror, THE LODGERS, to a Vancouver audience on Sunday, November 19. Set in… Continue Reading

My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys in the Midwest United States between 1978 and 1991 before being captured and incarcerated. He would become one of America’s most infamous serial killers. This is the story before that story. Jeff Dahmer (Ross Lynch, in a breakout performance) is an awkward teenager in suburban America, struggling to… Continue Reading

Another Wolfcop

Another Wolfcop

Join us at the Rio Theatre for a Friday Late Night Movie screening event that will leave all you “strange animals” howling at the moon – it’s ANOTHER WOLFCOP! (A Canadian body-horror comedy that’s also a Christmas movie?!? Awwwwooooo!!!)  (Winner, Best Canadian Feature Fantasia Fest 2017) A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking… Continue Reading

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