Venue: KJCC Auditorium // 53 Washington Square South, NYC
Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Alberto Vázquez & Pedro Rivero / Spain / 2016 / 76 min)
There is light and beauty, even in the darkest of worlds. 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.
Based on a graphic novel and short film by co-director Alberto Vázquez and winner of the Goya Award for Best Animated Feature (where Vázquez won Best Animated Short Film in the same year), Birdboy: The Forgotten Children is a darkly comic, beautiful and haunting tale of coming of age in a world gone to ruin.
About the Directors
Alberto Vázquez‘s books and comics have been published in countries such as Spain, France, Italy, Brazil and Korea. His work has been nominated for the Spanish Goya Awards in several occasions, winning the Goya for Best Animated Short Film in 2012 and the Goya for Best Animated Feature in 2017. He has won over 60 awards at international festivals and his work has been exhibited in prestigious festivals world-wide, such as Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, Animafest Zagreb, and Slamdance.
Pedro Rivero is the screenwriter for several animated TV series and for the feature film Goomer, Goya winner for the Best Spanish Animated Feature Film 1999. He is the producer, director, and screenwriter of _La crisis carnivora_ (2007), the first Spanish feature film in Flash animation for theaters. Pedro was also President of the Basque Screenwriters Guild 2002-2008 and is the author of various theatrical plays and comic books.
Spanish Cinema Days is curated by Marta Sánchez, Director, PRAGDA, and Laura Turégano, Associate Director, KJCC.