Get a first look at director Clio Barnard's next film Ali & Ava

Get a first look at director Clio Barnard's next film Ali & Ava

Principal photography on director Clio Barnard's next film, Ali & Ava, has wrapped and a first look image for the film has been released.

Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions) and Claire Rushbrook (Secrets & Lies) will star in the lead roles, which will be the fourth release from the British writer-director. Financing for the film was provided by BBC Films, BFI and Screen Yorkshire, with Altitude handling world sales and UK and Irish distribution.

The initial synopsis for the film has also been released:

Ava is a respected matriarch on a predominantly white Bradford estate. In her fifties and from an Irish-Catholic background, Ava is a devoted mother, grandmother and teaching assistant who fills her time looking after others and listening to country and folk music, masking the scars left by an abusive ex-husband. Ali is a charismatic son, brother, boss and landlord, an avid music and book lover and moon watcher. In his mid-thirties, Ali is devoted to his family and Asian community in Bradford. Still living with his estranged wife, he hides their separation from his family, painfully continuing the charade of marital domesticity because he still loves her.  Both lonely for different reasons, Ava and Ali find each other and sparks fly fierce, despite their own fears about intimacy and expectations of their families and communities.

Ali & Ava will see Barnard return to Bradford, the location for her standout debut feature, The Arbor, which told the story of doomed West Yorkshire playwright Andrea Dunbar. Her second film, The Selfish Giant, was also set in and around the city, collecting numerous awards and critical praise. Barnard's last release, Dark River, arrived in UK cinemas in 2018, a tense family drama set on a Yorkshire farm.

No details about a release date have been announced at this stage, but there is a good chance it could turn up at the London Film Festival later this year.

Ali & Ava ()
Dir: Clio Barnard | Cast: Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook | Writer: Clio Barnard

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