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Ali & Ava  2021
Director:  Clio Barnard
Producer:
  Tracy O’Riordan
Art Director:
  Stéphane Collonge
Editor:
  Maya Maffioli
Music:
  Harry Escott
Screenplay:
  Clio Barnard
Director of Photography:
  Ole Bratt Biurkeland
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Cast:
spacer1 Adeel Akhtar
spacer1 Claire Rushbrook
spacer1 Ellora Torchia
spacer1 Shaun Thomas
spacer1 Natalie Gavin
spacer1 Mona Goodwin
spacer1 Krupa Pattani
spacer1 Vinny Dhillon
spacer1 Tasha Connor
spacer1 Macy Shackleton
spacer1 Ariana Bodorova
spacer1 Sarlota Nagyova
spacer1 Adeel Akhtar spacer1 Claire Rushbrook spacer1 Ellora Torchia
spacer1 Shaun Thomas spacer1 Natalie Gavin spacer1 Mona Goodwin
spacer1 Krupa Pattani spacer1 Vinny Dhillon spacer1 Tasha Connor
spacer1 Macy Shackleton spacer1 Ariana Bodorova spacer1 Sarlota Nagyova
spacer1 Adeel Akhtar spacer1 Claire Rushbrook
spacer1 Ellora Torchia spacer1 Shaun Thomas
spacer1 Natalie Gavin spacer1 Mona Goodwin
spacer1 Krupa Pattani spacer1 Vinny Dhillon
spacer1 Tasha Connor spacer1 Macy Shackleton
spacer1 Ariana Bodorova spacer1 Sarlota Nagyova

Synopsis:
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 and closeknit family, whose latest grandchild has just been born. When a chance encounter unites them, Ali and Ava 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, amongst 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.

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