Ali & Ava 95 mins

  • Ali & Ava
  • Ali & Ava
  • Ali & Ava
  • Ali & Ava
  • Ali & Ava

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Thursday, 7 July
10:40AM 2:45PM 6:45PM 8:40PM 
Friday, 8 July
10:40AM 3:05PM 7:00PM 9:00PM 
Saturday, 9 July
10:40AM 2:45PM 6:45PM 8:40PM 
Sunday, 10 July
10:40AM 2:45PM 6:45PM 8:40PM 
Monday, 11 July
10:40AM 2:45PM 6:45PM 8:40PM 
Tuesday, 12 July
10:40AM 2:45PM 6:45PM 8:40PM 
Wednesday, 13 July
10:40AM 2:45PM 6:45PM 8:40PM 

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Thursday, 7 July
10:30AM 4:40PM 9:15PM 
Friday, 8 July
1:15PM 4:40PM 9:15PM 
Saturday, 9 July
12:40PM 4:40PM 9:15PM 
Sunday, 10 July
12:40PM 4:40PM 9:15PM 
Monday, 11 July
1:15PM 4:40PM 9:15PM 
Tuesday, 12 July
1:15PM 4:40PM 9:15PM 
Wednesday, 13 July
1:15PM 4:40PM 9:15PM 

Writer-director Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant) returns to the Bradford, West Yorkshire setting of her earlier films (Dark River) for this tumultuous, fiercely affecting working-class midlife love story.

A bundle of good humour and nervous energy, Ali (Adeel Akhtar, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain) is a British Pakistani working-class landlord who forges close bonds with his tenants. One day, while picking up one of his tenants’ children from school, he offers a lift to Ava (Claire Rushbrook), an Irish-born teacher and single mother of five. They bond almost instantly through their love of music, though Ali favours the high energy of Buzzcocks and hip-hop while Ava takes refuge in the quieter comforts of Bob Dylan and Karen Dalton. Despite their divergent backgrounds, differences in their stages of life, and the colour of their skin, despite the fact of Ali’s failing marriage and Ava’s fraught relationship with her adult and adolescent children, each finds themself irresistibly drawn to the other. But can their mutual desire transcend a barrage of personal obstacles?

Inspired by people Barnard encountered while making her acclaimed features The Arbor and The Selfish GiantAli & Ava is a film that feels profoundly rooted in lived experience, blending a tender emotional complexity with an at times bracing depiction of trauma and grief. Akhtar and Rushbrook’s finely hued performances speak to the setting’s cultural diversity and tribal loyalties while yielding a vulnerability that’s alternately heart-wrenching and joyous. Their story serves as a reminder that it is sometimes the least likely connections that are the ones most worth pursuing.

Critics are saying...
★★★★
"A pair of wonderfully winning performances from Claire Rushbrook and Adeel Akhtar lies at the heart of this unexpectedly warm and typically compelling drama from British writer-director Clio Barnard." The Observer

★★★★
"Barnard’s script is crammed with humour and unexpected details." London Evening Standard

★★★★
"A compassionate and tenderly performed love story, with a musical current coursing through it. British cinema is lucky to have Clio Barnard." Empire Magazine 

OFFICIAL SELECTION – BFI London Film Festival 2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Toronto International Film Festival 2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Cannes Film Festival 2021, Directors Fortnight

“Beyond Barnard's deft touch with issues of class and race appear her underlying sensitivities at portraying the halting, tentative steps toward romance between two people of a certain age.”
In Review Online
“A quiet study of its characters, Ali & Ava is a fresh take on otherwise well-worn rom-com narratives.”
Globe and Mail

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