Ali & Ava

Both lonely for different reasons, Ali and Ava meet through their shared affection for Sofia (6), the child of Ali’s Slovakian tenants, whom Ava teaches. Ali finds comfort in Ava’s warmth and kindness and Ava finds Ali’s complexity and humour irresistible. Over a lunar month, sparks fly and a deep connection begins to grow. However, the legacy of Ava’s past relationship and Ali’s emotional turmoil at the breakdown of his marriage begins to overshadow their newfound passion.

Director Clio Barnard

Screenplay Clio Barnard

Producer Tracy O’Riordan

Cast Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook

Sales agent Altitude

UK distributor Altitude

North American distributor Greenwich Entertainment

Broadcaster BBC Film

Credits summary A Moonspun Films production, supported by BFI, BBC Film and Screen Yorkshire, in association with Altitude Film Entertainment

Festival highlights Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival