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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. Enveloped in music and imbued with humour, ALI AND AVA is a compelling contemporary love story written and directed by BAFTA-nominated Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant, Dark River).

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Directed by: Clio Barnard

Starring: Claire Rushbrook, Adeel Akhtar

Genre: Drama

"...a vibrant work that uses the transcendent power of song to turn a streetwise tale into a diegetic musical, with genuinely surprising results."

- Observer

"unexpectedly warm and typically compelling drama..."

- Observer

"elegantly crafted and utterly enjoyable."

- Indiewire

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