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Thursday, December 13th, 10:30am
The Movies of Delray
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The Movies of Lake Worth
WINNER - 2017 Toronto International Film Festival -
Best Canadian First Feature &
International Critics Award
Ava - 2017 - Canada/Iran - 120 min.
A gripping debut about a young girl's coming-of-age in a strict, traditional society. Living with her well-to-do parents in Tehran, Ava is a bright and focused teen whose concerns - friendships, music, social status, academic performance - resemble that of nearly any teenager. When Ava's mistrustful and overprotective mother questions her relationship, Ava becomes overwhelmed by a newfound rage. Formerly a model student, Ava begins to rebel against the strictures imposed by her parents, her school, and the society at large.
"Exquisitely photographed... visually inventive... [a] remarkably controlled intensity... Ava looks repression in the eye and doesn't flinch."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
"Gripping... an explosive visual grammar... a stirring study of a Tehranian girlhood."
- Danny King, The Village Voice
"A knock-out feature debut...reframes the image of women in Iran."
- Stephen Saito, Moveable Feast