Featuring: Mahour Jabbari, Bahar Nouhian, Leili Rashidi, Vahid Aghapour
Language: Farsi with English Subtitles
Runtime: 103 minutes
Rating: 14 A
The debut feature by Tehran-born, Montreal-based filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi – winner of the prestigious FIPRESCI critics prize at TIFF — AVA powerfully dramatizes the ramifications facing any young woman who bridles against the restrictions in a socially repressive society. The situation for the 16-year-old title character in Foroughi’s film – played by Mahour Jabbari with a quintessential teenage-girl combination of vulnerability and stubbornness — is all the more tragic because it’s based on the unfounded suspicions of her parents in the wake of an accusation at Ava’s school. Indeed, much of what happens here stems from the breakdown of trust within an otherwise prototypical Iranian family. Foroughi’s precise visual style and nuanced characters makes the story all the more affecting.
“Foroughi effortlessly alludes to the damaging cultural conditioning of women in Iran to see themselves as less than equals.” -Stephen Saito, The Moveable Fest
Sadaf Foroughi is an Iranian-Canadian film maker, video artist and film editor. She is the director and writer of a number of short films, such as Féminin, Masculin, The Kid and the Kite, and La dernière scène. Ava is her feature film debut.