Dir. Alberto Vázquez, 2021, Spain, France, Color. 92 min.
Voiced by Jon Goiri and Maribel Legarreta.
In Spanish with English subtitles
Annecy International Animated Film Festival – 2022 Official Selection
Alberto Vázquez (director of award-winning Birdboy: The Forgotten Children) uses teddy bears and unicorns to deliver his anti-war allegory in this film described as “a cross between Bambi and Apocalypse Now” (Deadline).
The Magic Forest is the setting of a deadly struggle between unicorns and adorable-looking little bears who are building an army, indoctrinating young recruits to lead them to war in hopes of taking the Forest for themselves. Inexperienced in any sort of armed combat, two brothers, Azulín and Gordi, along with a group of new recruits, are sent on a dangerous mission.
Vázquez’ gruesome and damning portrait of war and religion is set in gorgeous forest landscapes where flora and fauna thrive while bears and unicorns fight in bloody battles. After the struggle, what will be left of their beloved home?
“With its subversive queer sensibility and ‘Mandy’-style color palette, this twisted animated feature from Birdboy co-director Alberto Vázquez brings Saturday-morning-cartoon style to adult themes.” – Peter Debruge, Variety
NOTE: Film contains images of extreme violence, drug use, cannibalism, and full frontal bear nudity, and is recommended for adult audiences only.
The film will be preceded by an episode of Open Bar directed by Frédérick Chaillou, a series based on the eponymous graphic novels by Fabcaro.
Before the screening, join us for a glass of wine 7:45–8:45pm in Tinker Auditorium.
About Alberto Vázquez
Alberto Vázquez Rico is a Spanish (Galician) comic book artist and filmmaker born in A Coruña in 1980.
He has received three Goya Awards for his animated films. His most famous work is Birdboy: The Forgotten Children, a feature-length animated movie based on his own graphic novel. His latest feature, Unicorn Wars is an anti-war allegory relayed by adorable teddy bears and unicorns in a bloody conflict.