An award-winning film set and shot in Bradford and written and created by Yorkshire talent hits cinema screens across the UK today, going head-to-head with the newest instalment of Batman, aptly called The Batman, featuring Robert Pattinson, this weekend.
Ali & Ava is a drama written and directed by BAFTA-nominated Clio Barnard in her fourth feature-length film, starring Adeel Akhtar as Ali, known for his roles in Four Lions and Murdered by My Father, and Claire Rushbrook, who played Rae’s mum Linda in My Mad Fat Diaries, playing Ava.
The film had its world premiere last year at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors Fortnight section.
The film financed by Screen Yorkshire shot largely on the Holme Wood estate was shown at the National Science and Media Museum last month in its first Yorkshire screening.
The film follows the love story between Ava, a divorcee masking the scars left by her abusive ex-husband, and Ali, a music-loving charismatic son, brother, boss and landlord, still living with his estranged wife but hiding their separation from his family
Sparks fly after Ali and Ava meet through their shared affection for Sofia, the child of Ali’s tenants whom Ava teaches.
Ali finds comfort in Ava’s warmth and kindness while Ava finds Ali’s complexity and humour irresistible.
Both lonely for different reasons, the pair begin to form a deep connection but battle with finding a way to keep their newfound passion from being overshadowed by the stresses and struggles of their separate lives and histories.
Ali & Ava is shortlisted for two BAFTA awards, Outstanding British Film and Best Actor for Adeel Akhtar.
The film has already won awards, with Mr Akhtar winning Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards and Best Music.
The BAFTA Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Sunday 13th March 2022.
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