Archive of films Ali & Ava / Ali & Ava

United Kingdom
2021, 95 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

Ali, a charismatic joker who keeps his sorrow carefully locked away, encounters Ava, a likeable woman bearing her heart on her sleeve and a trauma from her distant past. The sparks fly and a romance is born. An enchanting film full of irresistible humour that doesn’t try to paste over reality as it tells its story of love, the quest for reassurance, and the importance of Bob Dylan. The audience hit of this year’s festival in Cannes.


Synopsis

Ali (Adeel Akhtar, familiar from the cult comedy Four Lions and KVIFF 2017’s opening film The Big Sick) is a charismatic joker who keeps his sorrow carefully locked away. One day he encounters Ava (Claire Rushbrook, Secrets & Lies), a likeable woman who bears her heart on her sleeve and a trauma from her distant past. The sparks fly and a romance is born. An enchanting film full of irresistible humour that doesn’t try to paste over reality as it tells its story of love, the quest for reassurance, and the importance of Bob Dylan. The director behind the audience hit of this year’s festival in Cannes is Clio Barnard, one of Britain’s most respected filmmakers, who travelled to Karlovy Vary eleven years ago to introduce audiences to her remarkable documentary The Arbor.

Karel Och

About the director

Clio Barnard (1965, Otley, England). Filmography: Random Acts of Intimacy (2002, TV short), The Arbor (2010, doc.), The Selfish Giant (2013), Dark River (2017), Ali & Ava (2021)​.

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About the film

Barevný, DCP

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Clio Barnard
Screenplay: Clio Barnard
Dir. of Photography: Ole Bratt Birkeland
Music: Harry Escott
Editor: Maya Maffioli
Producer: Ameenah Ayub Allen, Tracy O'Riordan
Production: Moonspun Films
Cast: Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook, Ellora Torchia
Sales: Altitude Film Sales Ltd.
Contact: The Festival Agency
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