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Psychonauts, the Forgotten Children ("Psiconautas, los niños olvidados")

Canadian Premiere
  • Spain
  • 2015
  • 80 mins
  • DCP
  • Spanish
  • English (subtitles)
Hosted by Co-Writer/Co-Director Pedro Rivero

Winner: Best Animated Feature, Stuttgart Film Festival 2016
Official Selection: San Sebastian International Film Festival 2015, Annecy 2016, Holland Animation Film Festival 2016


PSICONAUTAS, THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN_TRAILER_ENG SUB from Basque Films on Vimeo.


Life on the island, or what’s left of it, hasn’t been the same since the great accident. Deeply alienated from her mother and stepfather, teenaged Dinky desires nothing more than to join her friends and escape the darkness, drudgery and subtle sense of menace that pervades the once-lively lump of rock in the sea. But she doesn’t want to leave without the elusive Birdboy. Despised by the villagers and hunted by the police, the silent, drug-addicted outcast hides deep in the woods, secretly continuing the mysterious task of his murdered father. The rumour is that he’s possessed by demons, and the drugs he takes do little to keep them at bay. In fact they seem to draw the monsters to him…

Spanish comic artist, animator and illustrator Alberto Vázquez first transposed the world of his graphic novel “Psiconautas” to the screen with the 2010 short film BIRDBOY, co-directing with animator Pedro Rivero. A disturbing mélange of whimsy and wickedness, BIRDBOY found a nest at countless film festivals (including Fantasia’s SMALL GAUGE TRAUMA 2011), and won dozens of awards, notably the Goya Best Animated Short Film prize in 2012. An enigmatic little effort, BIRDBOY left many questions unanswered. With his new animated feature film PSYCHONAUTS, THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN, co-created with Pedro Rivero, Vázquez expands and enriches his simple yet surrealist world. Blessed with beautiful handcrafted artwork, PSYCHONAUTS is a fraught, even frightening fairy-tale bound to leave viewers more than a hint haunted.

— Rupert Bottenberg

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