For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
3.5
23 Ratings

Ava

آوا

Directed by Sadaf Foroughi
Iran, Canada, 2017
Drama

Synopsis

Ava’s life is dictated by rules. Coming of age in Iran, she faces pressure to conform to the expectations of her parents, her school, and her friends. When Ava learns that her parents were once flagrant rule breakers themselves, she begins to rebel against the very foundations of her society.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
Ava Directed by Sadaf Foroughi

Awards & Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival

2017 | Honorable Mention: Best Canadian First Feature Film

2017 | Winner: International Critics' Award (FIPRESCI)

An exquisitely photographed train heading straight for a brick wall. Lurching relentlessly from one conflict to another, the movie distills its emotions — and maintains its momentum — in conversations of remarkably controlled intensity.
April 26, 2018
Read full article
Foroughi’s movie surveys how the mounting external pressures in Ava’s life bring her to a near-breaking point, and the director has devised (with the cinematographer, Sina Kermanizadeh) an explosive visual grammar to approximate the depths of Ava’s isolation and pain.
April 25, 2018
Read full article
How much of the pain of Sadaf Foroughi’s first feature . . . is the pain of being a teenager, and how much is it being a teenager at a particular place and time? How much is personal and how much is institutional, familial, cultural, social, political, architectural? These are the questions raised by Foroughi’s exquisite, unorthodox framings and reframings of her characters, each one posing a separate inquiry.
September 20, 2017
Read full article

Related films