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THE HANDMAIDEN (DIRECTOR’S CUT) (18) BOOK TICKETSFrom one of modern cinema’s great originals, Park Chan-wook comes THE HANDMAIDEN, a sumptuous and exhilarating thriller inspired by Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel ‘Fingersmith’ and showing for the first time in the original director’s cut.

Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s, handmaiden Sookee is hired by Hideko, a reclusive heiress who lives in a sprawling mansion under the watchful eye of her domineering uncle. But Sookee harbours a secret…

With breathtaking visuals, grandiose set design and frenzied humour, THE HANDMAIDEN is an opulent and labyrinthine tale of deception, romance and triple-crossing from one of cinema’s most thrilling film makers.

Back by demand !
RAW (18)  BOOK TICKETSJulia Ducournau’s stunningly brilliant, multi-international award-winning first feature takes the coming-of-age movie to a uniquely new and dazzlingly different level.

Everyone in Justine’s family is a vet. And a vegetarian. She is a brilliant and promising student. When she starts at veterinary school, she enters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. During the first week of hazing rituals, desperate to fit in whatever the cost, she strays from her family principles when she eats raw meat for the first time. Little does she know she will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences of her actions when her true self begins to emerge…

There is much to chew on – in every sense of the word – in this allegorical tale of a woman’s awakening to the pleasures of the flesh. Sisterhood and sibling rivalry are turned inside-out as body image and identity are explored in an incredibly sharp, sensitive, engaging and, it needs to be stressed, gory, multi-layered gem.

‘An exhilarating ★★★★★ blend of horror, humour & heartbreak’ The Observer

‘Startlingly original’ ★★★★ The Independent

‘sex and hormones and coming of age, and a fierce sibling rivalry that makes Liam and Noel look like Topsy and Tim’ ★★★★★ NME

‘Clever feminist parable – and a contender for best horror movie of the decade!’ ★★★★ Rolling Stone

Sun 23 April at 1.30pm
NT LIVE ENCORE: ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD (12A) BOOK TICKETSDaniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny modern classic, originally broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London on April 20. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.

Against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz (Daniel Radcliffe) and Guildenstern (Joshua McGuire), take centre stage. Increasingly out of their depth, the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action. It’s a literary hall of mirrors, a brilliantly funny, existential labyrinth that leads to the ultimate identity crisis.

Please Note: 180 mins – No Interval

From Friday 28 April
LADY MACBETH (15)  BOOK TICKETSAdapted from Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 Russian novel and transposed to Victorian rural England, theatre director William Oldroyd and writer Alice Birch’s debut feature is a sensual and seductive mix of Gothic melodrama, fabulous frocks and a subtext that subtly touches on contemporary race and gender issues.

The marriage of Katherine to the older Alexander is more of a business opportunity than a love match. At the mercy of an oppressive male household, Katherine finds an ally in her maid Anna and the possibility of escape in a passionate affair with stable hand Sebastian, and that could be the spark that ignites a maelstrom of murder and mayhem.

The luminous Florence Pugh as the defiant and passionate Katherine offers a powerful revision of the Gothic heroine, leading a faultless cast with a performance that is all sly glances and subversive innuendo. An exciting and exceptional treat.

Fri 5 May at 6.30pm
A MOVING IMAGE + Q&A (15) BOOK TICKETSAre you part of the problem or part of the solution? When the ‘problem’ is ‘gentrification’, responses range from righteous anger (‘Peckham doesn’t need another Costa Fucking Coffee!’) to writer-director Shola Amoo’s award-winning mix of fact and fiction in which documentary, animation and archive footage succinctly merge.

Artist Nina (Tanya Fear) returns home to South London’s rapidly gentrifying Brixton, where communities are slowly being destroyed. Her answer to the changing face of one of London’s most richly diverse areas – an art project – inevitably leads to suggestions that Nina herself is actually part of the problem.

We are delighted to welcome the film’s writer-director Shola Amoo and producer Rienkje Attoh for a post-screening Q&A chaired by Rio Director Oliver Meek

Sun 7 May at 1.00pm
This searing adaptation of Edward Albee’s play remains a movie landmark, the winner of  five Academy Awards (out of an astounding 13 nominations). With its controversial language and content, Mike Nichol’s debut feature changed Hollywood forever.
It was also the greatest collaboration of the duo who at the time were the most famous married couple on Earth, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

At 3.30pm – OSSESSIONE (PG)
Director Luchino Visconti’s much censored and banned first feature film, based on James M. Cain’s pulp novel The Postman Always Rings Twice perfectly captures Cain’s dark, sweaty world of earthy characters, frank sensuality, murder and betrayal. Gino, an unemployed mechanic, arrives at a shabby inn owned by Giovanna. When they become lovers, an inevitable series of tragic events is set in motion…

RIO Cafe Bar News

One of the defining features of the Rio Cinema is its independence, and we don’t want to stop at just independent films, we strive to promote the best of the country’s independent FOOD and DRINK makers.

You know about our locally made Vegan Samosas, but we have a few more treats up our sleeves.

2016 has seen our bar transformed, replacing conventional snacks and drinks with locally made delights, as well as rare goodies from further afield.

Our trained baristas serve Climpson and Son coffee. Cookies are made by the wonderful Hackney Pirates of Kingsland High Street’s very own Ship Of Adventures. Fairtrade fizz is courtesy of Karma Cola. Lagers and Ales are brewed by Dalston’s very own 40 Feet Brewery. Gin cocktails and Vodka specials are made with local distillery Sacred Spirits. Borough Wines supply the Red, the White, the Rosé and the Sparkles. Mango Ice Tea and Chocolate Fruit and Nut snacks are made in-house by the House of O’Dwyer. Ice-Creams come in pot form from Marshfield Farm, and the world’s greatest Ice-Cream Sandwiches are supplied by East London beauties Happy Endings. Our vegan cakes made just down the road – via heaven – by the very talented Manna Cakes. Ciders are done by Kent makers Turners. And for those with a European pallette, we bring you Club Mate all the way from Berlin. Did I mention our Popcorn? Well let me reassure you, it’s delicious!

Our aim is to continue replacing all those dull, global brands with even more delights, made with love and care, from small business and farms around the country. And support the endeavours of our likeminded foodie friends.

Check out our Treat of the Week!

(You can also just have a glass of water if you like)


This May we will be launching our fund-raising to create a second state of the art screen and very sexy bar in the huge basement space, and restore the exterior of the RIO to its thirties deco splendour – a lot of you have been asking how you can get involved – there will be a whole range of events, screenings, tours, premieres, auctions and exciting RIO-tastic stuff starting very soon, details will be added as events are confirmed.
Watch our short film about the campaign here

NEW membership options !

As a RIO member you’ll be supporting Hackney’s only independent community cinema and you’ll save money with up to £2 off tickets, and 10% off food and drinks at the café bar.

CLASSIC RIO – only £30 for an annual membership (+ 2 free tickets) and £50 for joint annual membership (+ 4 free tickets) plus 10% saving at the cafe bar.

RIO BRAVO – only £60 for an annual membership (+4 free tickets) and £100 for joint annual membership (+8 free tickets) plus ( 15% saving at the cafe/bar, and you can also bring a non-member friend who will get the same ticket discount as yours, every Wednesday!)

Click here for more information

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