Ali & Ava

Thursday 10th Nov 2022
  • Cinema

Ali (Adeel Akhtar) is a friendly British Pakistani working-class landlord and music enthusiast, who is trying to keep the fact that he has become estranged from his wife secret from the rest of his family. When Ali meets Ava (Claire Rushbrook), an Irish-born teacher and single mother of five, the two hit it off immediately. Their friendship quickly develops into a romance that takes them both by surprise. 

Featuring heartfelt, authentic performances from leads Akhtar and Rushbrook, as well as an eclectic soundtrack, this Bradford-set film from acclaimed UK writer-director Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant) is a warm, charming exploration of a midlife love affair. 

… an understated triumph … Barnard’s film is an essay in acceptance and love.”  ★ ★ ★ ★

– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2021 


Director: Clio Barnard 

Cast: Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook, Ellora Torchia 


94 minutes, United Kingdom, 2021, 15A