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The Mayor of West Yorkshire’s Special Presentation: Ali & Ava (15)

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to attend the regional premiere of Clio Barnard’s Ali & Ava alongside the cast and crew. Screening as part of the BFI London Film Festival 2021.

Clio Barnard’s latest film charts an unlikely romance between two Bradford residents. Ali, an exuberant music enthusiast and landlord, is struggling to keep his recent separation from his wife a secret from his family. Ava is a pragmatic middle-aged teaching assistant and matriarch to a large, close-knit family. When a chance encounter unites them, the two begin a tentative friendship formed around their shared love of music that quickly blossoms into an unexpected romance.

Deftly weaving together conventions of social realism and romantic drama, Barnard presents an intelligent and nuanced depiction of 21st-century Britain that addresses—among other issues—neurodiversity, race and class dynamics, and mental health.

Bolstered by Claire Rushbrook and Adeel Akhtar’s authentic performances, Ali & Ava is a small miracle. Barnard’s empathetic direction makes these everyday characters—who could be our neighbours or family friends—feel extraordinary.

  • DIRECTOR: Clio Barnard
  • CAST:  Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook, Ellora Torchia, Shaun Thomas, Natalie Gavin

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