ALI & AVA World Cinema


Ali and Ava each live lonely lives in North Britain. Ali, a British Pakistani, is a former DJ turned compassionate landlord who meets Ava, an Irish-born schoolteacher and single mother of five, while picking up one of his tenant’s children from school. Despite their differences, sparks start to fly. As Ali and Ava’s relationship grows deeper, the shadows of their emotional turmoil and society’s expectations of them build as well. Can they find a way to keep their love alive?
This contemporary working-class romance – filled with rich and tender performances from Claire Rushbrook and Adeel Akhtar – is a charming and heartwarming portrait of love, beauty and acceptance. –Sarah Harris

Clio Barnard was born in Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. She is a director and producer, known for THE SELFISH GIANT (2013), THE ARBOR (2010), DARK RIVER (2017) and ALI & AVA (2021).

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Country: UK

Year: 2021

Director: Clio Barnard

Screenwriter: Clio Barnard

Producer: Tracy O'Riordan

Executive Producers: Rose Garnett, Claudia Yusef, Lizzie Francke, Hugo Heppell, Caroline Cooper-Charles, Will Clarke, Mike Runagall

Director of Photography: Ole Bratt Birkeland

Editor: Maya Maffioli

Production Designer: Stephane Collonge

Music: Harry Escott

Cast/Featuring: Claire Rushbrooke, Adeel Akhtar

Running Time (minutes): 94

Language: English