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. (Photo courtesy of TIFF)
Toronto – Sadaf Foroughi’s “Ava” is the winner of this year’s Canadian Screen Award for best first feature film.Toronto – Sadaf Foroughi’s “Ava” is the winner of this year’s Canadian Screen Award for best first feature film.
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, The Kid and the Kite, and La dernière scène. Ava is her feature film debut.
The film has a total of nine nominations heading into the Canadian Screen Awards’ March gala event, including for best film, best actress and best supporting actress.Tehran-born, Montreal-based Foroughi is nominated for best direction and screenplay.
“Ava,” a Canadian co-production with Iran and Qatar, stars Mahour Jabbari as the titular character, a 16-year-old upper-class girl who chafes against family and societal restrictions in Tehran.The Canadian Screen Awards gala will be broadcast live on CBC TV on March
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