Fri 29 April
|Time||7:30 PM - 9:30 PM|
Director: Clio Barnard (UK, 2021)
Certification: 15 | 1 h 35 min | Drama | Language: English
Sparks fly after ALI and AVA meet through their shared affection for Sofia, the child of Ali’s tenants whom Ava teaches. Ali finds comfort in Ava’s warmth and kindness while Ava finds Ali’s complexity and humour irresistible. As the pair begin to form a deep connection they have to find a way to keep their newfound passion from being overshadowed by the stresses and struggles of their separate lives and histories.
Enveloped in music, humour and emotion, ALI & AVA is a heartfelt contemporary love story written and directed by BAFTA-nominated Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant).
Filmed and set in Bradford, ALI & AVA is financed by BBC Films, BFI (awarding National Lottery funding) and Screen Yorkshire, with Altitude handling world sales and UK and Irish distribution.
Clio Barnard, writer, director of this film, mentioned: “What would happen if you took melodrama as a genre and applied it to a social-realist version of Bradford that’s based on real people? It’s an opportunity to think about what it means to be part of a community. There’s a lot of kindness, generosity and support in Bradford and I wanted to see that writ large on the big screen”.
★★★★ “Two extraordinarily lived-in performances from Akhtar and Rushbrook” – Little White Lies
★★★★ “An understated triumph” – The Guardian
With support from the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) awarding funds from The National Lottery.
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