<em>Ali & Ava</em>

Ali & Ava

Ali & Ava

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2022
  • Sat 27 Aug 2022
  • 4—5:35PM
  • Len Lye Cinema
  • Rating: M
  • In line with current New Zealand restrictions for cinemas, conditions of entry to all Cinema screenings under the Covid-19 Protection Framework are:
  • o Face coverings to be worn
  • Booking recommended
  • As there is no allocated seating doors open 15 minutes before screenings, please come early to avoid disappointment
  • To minimise disruption no admittance to cinema 10 minutes after session starts
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • A Coded Sessions
  • Sessions starting after 5.00 pm weekdays, all weekend sessions
  • (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Full Price: $17.50
  • Film Society/Film Industry Guilds/Community Services Card/Students: $15.00
  • Senior (65+)/Child (15 and under) $13.00
  • B Coded Sessions
  • Sessions starting before 5.00 pm weekdays or of a shorter duration and others as indicated.
  • Full Price: $14.50
  • Film Society/Film Industry Guilds/Community Services Card/Students: $13.00
  • Senior (65+)/Child (15 and under) $13.00

This refreshingly authentic depiction of finding love right on your doorstep, and from unlikely directions, abounds with humour and the transformative power of song.
“Ali & Ava… triumphs in presenting a romance tale that is deeply grounded, yet in its well-matched leads and heartfelt story, still possesses the magic required to sweep the audience off its feet.” — Cheyenne Bunsie, Little White Lies

Time-worn Ava, an Irish-British teacher’s assistant, single mum and grandmother, has been round her hard-scrabble block enough times to disbelieve when romance beckons with manically cheerful Ali, a Pakistani-British part-time DJ and landlord who mainly spends his time ferrying about his tenants’ children. Despite an instant and easy rapport, life is too complicated – Ava has an overprotective teenage son, Ali is “separated” from but still living with his younger wife – for any headlong rush. Not to mention their clashing musical tastes: Ava is a folk and country fan, while Ali relishes techno and rap. But should different temperaments, musical and otherwise, be an impediment to love? – Sandra Reid 

“A pair of wonderfully winning performances from Claire Rushbrook and Adeel Akhtar lie at the heart of this unexpectedly warm and typically compelling drama from British writer-director Clio Barnard (The Arbor, NZIFF2010). Described by its creator as a love story about two people who are ‘a catalyst for change in each other’s lives’, it’s a heartfelt piece that marries the poetic grit of Barnard’s 2013 film The Selfish Giant (NZIFF2013) with something resembling a later-life Romeo and Juliet romance – a fable grounded in reality. Ali & Ava is a vibrant work that uses the transcendent power of song to turn a streetwise tale into a diegetic musical, with genuinely surprising results.” — Mark Kermode, The Observer

2021 | Drama | 95 min | Dir. Clio Barnard

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