october, 2022

05oct7:30 pm9:15 pmALI & AVA

Event Details

A Kay Meek Film Series Presentation
Grosvenor Theatre
A TIFF Film Circuit Selection

Directed by: Clio Barnard | 95 minutes | Drama, Romance | United Kingdom | 2021 | Content advisory: references to domestic abuse, frightening scene, sexually suggestive scenes, coarse language

“Ali & Ava is a winning, beautifully acted interracial love story.” – Los Angeles Times
“The ordinariness of ‘Ali & Ava’ is what makes it extraordinary”  – Justin Chang

A bundle of good humour and nervous energy, Ali (Adeel Akhtar) 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?

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(Wednesday) 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm


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