Sadaf ForoughiIran / Canada / Qatar103 minutes201714AColourFarsi

Jan 18
Jan 19
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Intro and Q&A with director Sadaf Foroughi

In Tehran, upper-middle-class teen Ava abides by a strict routine of school, violin lessons, and curfew. When Ava's mistrustful and overprotective mother questions her relationship with a boy — going so far as to consult a gynecologist — Ava is stunned by this violation of privacy. Her tightly controlled environment exacerbates feelings of suffocation and isolation, and further diminishes her trust in the adults who attempt to regulate her life. That her parents, including her sympathetic but powerless father, seem more concerned with social optics than their daughter's welfare only escalates Ava's rebellious behaviour, to life-altering effect. Sadaf Foroughi vividly renders her heroine's internal turmoil while exposing the pervasive impact of her family's shaming. Each frame is stunningly composed, with scenes that offer a searing social critique while presenting a strong, richly developed female character. With Ava, Foroughi establishes herself as a cinematic force.


Issue de la classe moyenne privilégiée de Téhéran, Ava est une adolescente qui suit une routine stricte : l'école, les cours de violon puis le couvre-feu. Lorsque sa mère méfiante et surprotectrice l'interroge à propos d'un garçon (un processus qui va jusqu'à l'examen gynécologique!), Ava est abasourdie par cette atteinte à sa vie privée. Son petit environnement rigide et contrôlé l'étouffe, l'isole et entraîne un manque de confiance en les adultes qui régissent sa vie. L'importance que ses parents (y compris son père sympathique, mais impuissant) accordent aux normes sociales au détriment de son bien-être intensifie son sentiment de rébellion, qui engendrera des transformations majeures. Tout en exposant les conséquences générales de l'humiliation familiale, Sadaf Foroughi traduit de manière éclatante les tourments intérieurs de son héroïne. La composition de chaque image du film est remarquable, et ses scènes ont le double pouvoir de véhiculer une puissante critique sociale et de présenter en profondeur une figure féminine forte. Ava positionne Foroughi comme une grande force du cinéma.

Female ExperienceDramaFamilyFemale DirectorCanada
Sadaf Foroughi

Sadaf Foroughi was born in Tehran, Iran, and holds a master's degree in film studies from the University of Provence. She is the director and writer of a number of short films, such as Féminin, Masculin (07), The Kid and the Kite (09), and La dernière scène (11). Ava (17) is her feature film debut.

Additional Credits

Sadaf Foroughi
Production Company
Sweet Delight Pictures
Sadaf Foroughi, Kiarash Anvari
Sadaf Foroughi
Sina Kermanizadeh
Kiarash Anvari
Production Designer
Siamak Karinejad
Amir Hossein Ghasemi
Ludwig Van Beethoven, Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Henry Purcell
Mahour Jabbari, Bahar Nouhian, Leili Rashidi, Vahid Aghapour, Shayesteh Sajadi, Houman Hoursan, Sarah Alimoradi
Primary Publicity
Brigade Marketing
International Sales Agent
Mongrel International
US Sales Agent
Mongrel International
Canadian Distributor
Mongrel International
US Distributor