Athens International Film Festival

ALI & AVA

27/09/2021, 20:00, DANAOS
29/09/2021, 19:45, AEGLI ZAPPION

Two lonely people find refuge in music and the love affair they embark on, resulting in one of the sweetest films in the career of this significant director of contemporary British film. Thanks to the disarming love story told, Clio Barnard of “The Selfish Giant” fame, sheds an ardent light on the fiercely realistic universe of her previous films, she introduces the audience to a truly loveable heroine (who is made all the more irresistible by Claire Rushbrook’s performance) and winks back at our glum reality with a romantic and optimistic film.


UK | 2021 | COLOR | DCP | 95’ | ENGLISH

Ali is a good-hearted Pakistani landlord, former local dj, whose marriage has ended. Ava works as a teaching assistant at Bradford School. She’s all alone amongst children and grandchildren. They are both in their ‘40s, between loneliness and despair, of different race and class. But a small ember of hope that not everything is lost is still burning. The English, who have apparently an agreement with the God of the cinema to make social realist cinema in two shots, succumb this time to realistic romanticism – of real people with a past filled with struggles. Adeel Akhtar and Claire Rushbrook immediately grab your attention and make you care. After that, they own the film, and also your heart I.D.

DIRECTOR: Clio Barnard
SCREENWRITER: Clio Barnard
DoP: Ole Bratt Birkeland
MUSIC: Harry Escott
EDITOR: Maya Maffioli
PRINCIPAL CAST: Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook, Ellora Torchia, Shaun Thomas, Natalie Gavin, Mona Goodwin

CLIO BARNARD
English director born in Leeds. She studied Fine Arts in Newcastle and holds and MA in Electronic Imaging (Dundee). Her documentary and fiction debut ‘The Arbor’ (2010) and ‘Selfish Giant’ (2013) respectively made her immediately an important voice of the new British generation.

FILMOGRAPHY
2021
Ali & Ava
2017 Dark River
2013 The Selfish Giant
2010 The Arbor


        ONLINE TICKETS


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        A HERO / GHAHREMAN (Opening Film)

        A HERO / GHAHREMAN (Opening Film)

        23/09/2021, 21:00, IDEAL

        DUNE (Closing Film)

        DUNE (Closing Film)

        2/10/2021, 20:30, IDEAL
        2/10/2021, 20:30, DANAOS

        SUBLET

        SUBLET

        23/09/2021, 20:00, AEGLI ZAPPION
        27/09/2021, 22:15, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        TITANE

        TITANE

        24/09/2021, 21:00, DANAOS

        PETITE MAMAN

        PETITE MAMAN

        24/09/2021, 22:00, STELLA
        27/09/2021, 22:30, STELLA

        I’M YOUR MAN / ICH BIN DEIN MENSCH

        I’M YOUR MAN / ICH BIN DEIN MENSCH

        25/09/2021, 19:45, AEGLI ZAPPION

        ZERO FUCKS GIVEN / RIEN À FOUTRE

        ZERO FUCKS GIVEN / RIEN À FOUTRE

        THE RUMBLE OF THE WORLD

        THE RUMBLE OF THE WORLD

        THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD / VERDENS VERSTE MENNESKE

        THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD / VERDENS VERSTE MENNESKE

        25/09/2021, 22:30, DANAOS

        WHERE IS ANNE FRANK

        WHERE IS ANNE FRANK

        26/09/2021, 18:30, MUNICIPAL THEATRE OF PIRAEUS
        27/09/2021, 22:45, IDEAL
        04/10/2021, 18:15, IDEAL

        WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY / GŪZEN TO SŌZŌ

        WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY / GŪZEN TO SŌZŌ

        26/09/2021, 19:00, DANAOS

        THE NIGHT BELONGS TO LOVERS / LA NUIT AUX AMANTS

        THE NIGHT BELONGS TO LOVERS / LA NUIT AUX AMANTS

        26/09/2021, 19:45, AEGLI ZAPPION

        LEAVE NO TRACES / ŻEBY NIE BYŁO ŚLADÓW

        LEAVE NO TRACES / ŻEBY NIE BYŁO ŚLADÓW

        26/09/2021, 21:00, MUNICIPAL THEATRE OF PIRAEUS
        29/09/2021, 20:30, FLERRY CINEMA

        THE LAST DUEL

        THE LAST DUEL

        26/09/2021, 21:15, IDEAL

        BELLE / RYU TO SOBAKASU NO HIME

        BELLE / RYU TO SOBAKASU NO HIME

        26/09/2021, 22:15, AEGLI ZAPPION
        30/09/2021, 19:45, FLERRY CINEMA

        BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN / BABARDEALĂ CU BUCLUC SAU PORNO BALAMUC

        BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN / BABARDEALĂ CU BUCLUC SAU PORNO BALAMUC

        27/09/2021, 20:15, IDEAL

        SWAN SONG

        SWAN SONG

        28/09/2021, 19:30, IDEAL
        2/10/2021, 19:30, FLERRY CINEMA

        RED ROCKET

        RED ROCKET

        28/09/2021, 22:00, IDEAL

        NINJABABY

        NINJABABY

        28/09/2021, 22:15, AEGLI ZAPPION
        3/10/2021, 19:30, FLERRY CINEMA

        THE INNOCENTS / DE USKYLDIGE

        THE INNOCENTS / DE USKYLDIGE

        29/09/2021, 19:30, IDEAL

        EARWIG

        EARWIG

        29/09/2021, 22:15, IDEAL

        NO / NÖ

        NO / NÖ

        30/09/2021, 19:15, DANAOS
        3/10/2021, 19:45, RIVIERA

        MEMORIA

        MEMORIA

        30/09/2021, 21:45, IDEAL

        FABIAN - GOING TO THE DOGS / FABIAN ODER DER GANG VOR DIE HUNDE

        FABIAN - GOING TO THE DOGS / FABIAN ODER DER GANG VOR DIE HUNDE

        1/10/2021, 20:30, DANAOS

        AFTER BLUE / PARADIS SALE

        AFTER BLUE / PARADIS SALE

        2/10/2021, 22:15, TRIANON

        THE DOG WHO WOULDN’T BE QUIET / EL PERRO QUE NO CALLA

        THE DOG WHO WOULDN’T BE QUIET / EL PERRO QUE NO CALLA

        3/10/2021, 20:00, IDEAL

        THE FRENCH DISPATCH

        THE FRENCH DISPATCH

        3/10/2021, 21:00, DANAOS