A bundle of good humour and nervous energy, Ali (Adeel Akhtar) is a British Pakistani 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 folk and country. 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.
Writer/director Clio Barnard has established herself as one of the UK’s most distinctive cinematic voices through films such as the Selfish Giant and The Arbour. Continuing a recurring theme of representing a very profound, live experience, Ali & Ava is her fourth film.
From 12 Mar
Screenings on 12, 15 and 17 March will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with director Clio Barnard, producer Tracy O’Riordan with actors Adeel Akhtar and Claire Rushbrook
The screening on 18 March at 11am is a CinéBabies, for parents and carers of under 18 months babies
*The film is in the English language and will be screened with English subtitles on for customers who are hard of hearing.
See also the preview screening on 14 February
Get cheap film tickets with the 25 and Under Scheme at Ciné Lumière
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