OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
DIRECTOR : Sadaf Foroughi
COUNTRY : Iran | Canada
YEAR : 2017
TIME : 102min
Nu Metro 4, 11 Oct @ 8.30pm | Nu Metro 5, 17 Oct @ 2.30pm
Ava’s first visit to the gynaecologist with her mother is a traumatic experience for the 16-year old young woman. Trauma gives way to anger when Ava discovers her mother’s dishonesty and learn of the rules she broke, when she was the age Ava is now. Bewildered and enraged, Ava attempts and fails suicide at school. To avoid being expelled, she accepts a deal to snitch on her classmates, but a guilty conscience is a heavy burden. Misunderstood by her parents and tormented by school, Ava decides on a third way forward.
Toronto International Film Festival 2017
Best Canadian First Feature Film – Honorable Mention
Discovery – International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI)
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Sadaf Foroughi is an Iranian born, Montreal-based filmmaker. She began her artistic career in 2003 by creating and producing short films, documentaries and video art. In 2005, she was selected to participate in the Berlinale Talent Campus as a writer/director. Foroughi participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus,where she was selected to participate in the Why Democracy? short film project. Her short documentary ‘Féminin, Masculin’ (2007) was nominated for the Best Non-European Film Award at the Grand Off-EuropeanOff Film Awards in Warsaw, and won the Best Short Film award at the Oxford Brooks University Annual Film and Music Festival. Foroughi graduated with an MA in Film Studies from the University of Provence, and obtained a degree in Film Production from the New York Film Academy. She co-wrote, co-produced, and appeared in Kiarash Anvari’s feature-length film ‘The Pot and the Oak’ (2017), which had its world premiere in the Bright Future Competition Section of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Sadaf’s debut feature film AVA had its premier in the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017. Ava was given a honourable mention as the best Canadian debut feature film and awarded the Discovery Section FIPRESCI Prize at Toronto International Film Festival 2017.