PFF SpringFest: ALI & AVA
CLIO BARNARD | UK | 2021 | 95 MIN | ENGLISH
Having established her reputation with films exploring the hardscrabble lives of Northern England’s working class, Clio Barnard (THE SELFISH GIANT, PFF22) returns with perhaps her warmest and most hopeful film to date, a tender tale of two people from different backgrounds who forge an unlikely connection. Kind-hearted Ali (Adeel Akhtar) is struggling to move on from his deteriorating marriage, while classroom assistant Ava (Claire Rushbrook) suppresses a painful past by devoting herself to her family and work. When Ali and Ava’s paths cross, they feel an undeniable spark, spurred by their shared passion for music. Even as the pressures of their complicated family lives threaten to keep them apart, the two embark on a fledgling romance.
Cast: Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook, Ellora Torchia, Shaun Thomas
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May 13 – 15 at the Philadelphia Film Center
With PFF SpringFest, the Philadelphia Film Society presents a mid-year survey of the freshest cinematic marvels from the international festival circuit–from American indie darlings and eye-opening documentaries to acclaimed foreign titles.
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