VIFF: Blaze

I know what I saw.

In the wake of witnessing a brutal assault, 12-year-old Blaze (Julia Savage) takes shelter in an imaginary world. Inspired by the posters and trinkets in her bedroom, this glittery, candy-coloured realm is also home to Zephyr, a papier-mâché dragon who consoles and counsels Blaze as she learns to overcome her debilitating fear. As her doting single dad (Simon Baker) accepts that he’s powerless to put things right, it’s left to Zephyr to stoke Blaze’s warrior spirit, allowing her to finally roar and ensure that justice is dispensed.

Having twice scored the prestigious Archibald Prize for her psychedelic fantasy artwork, Del Kathryn Barton now unleashes a towering debut feature that fuses live action, practical puppetry, stop motion animation, and expressive visual effects to chart Blaze’s tumultuous passage into adulthood. Teeming with images that sear themselves onto the subconscious, it’s a testament to what the imagination is capable of. Likewise, it asserts that rage can be every bit as purifying as fire.


Friday, October 7
Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm
Advance tickets through here

Sunday, October 9
Doors 3:15 pm | Movie 3:45 pm
Advance tickets through here


Tickets for all Vancouver International Film Festival screenings at the Rio Theatre are managed through VIFF, and can be made in advance via their ticketing service at www.viff.orgTickets may also be purchased at the box office; or any VIFF venues subject to availability.

*Online sales for VIFF screenings end 60 minute prior to any given showtime. The VIFF box office will open 60 minutes before any given showtime.
*Unless otherwise noted, all patrons must be 19+ with valid ID or entry to all Vancouver International Film Festival events.

*Sorry, Rio Theatre Groupons and passes cannot be used for VIFF events.


VIFF memberships are now included in the cost of your tickets so no need to buy a separate membership.

If you have any questions about VIFF programming or ticketing, please call them at 604-683-3456, or email them directly <[email protected]>


After a young girl witnesses a violent crime, she summons an imaginary dragon to help process her anger and protect her on her journey into womanhood.

About The Rio

Voted the #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre is a multimedia venue featuring arthouse, mainstream and cult-classic cinemas as well as live entertainment. Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage and 420 luxurious seats.

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