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Genre: War

The Painted Bird

The Painted Bird

In an effort to save their child from the massive extermination of Jews, a Jewish couple send their son to hide in the countryside with a relative somewhere in Eastern Europe. The little boy’s aunt dies unexpectedly and the stray child is suddenly forced to hit the road and make it on his own in a hostile world governed by hate, fear and violence. Struggling for pure survival, he journeys a world run by locals and villagers driven by prejudice, superstition and their own rules. When the war ends, however, his fight for survival is replaced by another struggle – a struggle he may not even be aware of, a struggle with himself, a struggle for his own soul, and his future… With Udo Kier, Harvey Kietel, Julian Sands, Stellan Skarsgård, Barry Pepper.

“This film is hard to watch. It’s just as tough to forget.” (Rolling Stone Magazine)

“‘The Painted Bird’ is a potent, visceral but rewarding film for viewers who can withstand the onslaught of traumatizing moments.” (Salon.com)

“All of this unvarnished evil is depicted with haunting beauty and uncompromising artistry.” (Observer)

“Brutally uncompromising in its portrayal of Nazi Germany, The Painted Bird is a difficult watch that justifies its stark horror with searing impact.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

Sunday, August 23
Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 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.

PLEASE NOTE: All of the Rio Theatre’s screenings are operating at a sharply reduced capacity. We can’t guarantee availability of tickets at the door, so advance tickets for all screening events are strongly recommended. Our online box office can be found at www.riotheatretickets.ca. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.

THE PAINTED BIRD (Václav Marhoul, 2020 / 169 mins / 18A / Interslavic w. English subs) A young Jewish boy in Poland seeks refuge in the forest during World War II where he encounters many different characters.

1917

1917

April 6th, 1917: As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers — Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake — receive seemingly impossible orders. In a race against time, they must cross over into enemy territory to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades —… Continue Reading

Come and See (2020 Restoration)

Come and See (2020 Restoration)

COME AND SEE – the widely acclaimed film from Soviet director Elem Klimov – is a stunning, senses-shattering plunge into the dehumanizing horrors of war. As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in present-day Belarus, teenage Flyora (Aleksei Kravchenko, in one of the screen’s most searing depictions of anguish since Renée Falconetti’s Joan of… Continue Reading

CANCELLED: Jojo Rabbit

CANCELLED: Jojo Rabbit

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Ayla: The Daughter of War

In 1950, amidst the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a a half-frozen little girl, with no parents and no help in sight. Frantic, scared and on the verge of death, this little girl captures the heart of Süleyman, who risks his own life to save her, smuggling her into his Army… Continue Reading

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

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They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old

Using state-of-the-art technology and materials from the BBC and Imperial War Museum, filmmaker Peter Jackson allows the story of World War I to be told by the men who were there. Life on the front is explored through the voices of the soldiers, who discuss their feelings about the conflict, the food they ate, the… Continue Reading

Phoenix Cultural Society Presents ‘Bomb: A Love Story’

Phoenix Cultural Society Presents ‘Bomb: A Love Story’

BOMB: A LOVE STORY is the second feature film directed by international superstar, Payman Maadi, following the success of Snow on the Pines. For this film, a romance set in the urban milieu of Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war, Maadi, who plays the lead role, has reunited with his A Separation co-star, Leila Hatami. A… Continue Reading

Overlord

Overlord

With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But,… Continue Reading

Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon

Stanley Kubrick‘s lush (if not quietly satirical) adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray‘s Victorian-era novel features a career-high performance from Ryan O’Neal as the titular protagonist in a complex story of a sensitive, intelligent, and ambitious man trapped in a society that, ultimately, has no use for him. Set in a rural Irish village in the… Continue Reading