Ava (2017)
First screened in September 2017
Director: Sadaf Foroughi. Cast: Mahour Jabbari, Shayesteh Sajadi, Bahar Noohian, Vahid Aghapoor, Houman Hoursam, Mona Ghiasi, Sarah Alimoradi, Leili Rashidi. Screenplay: Sadaf Foroughi.

Twitter Capsule: A marvel as written, cut, and shot, about a teenage girl universally misjudged but also fiercely in her own way. Release this!

Second Capsule: What if Lady Bird turned ferocious? What if Haneke had more heart, and took more framing risks? TIFF highlight 100% holds up.

VOR:   So hard to make a movie this critical of and compassionate toward a young character. Especially in modern Iran. Especially for a female director.

Photo © 2017 Sweet Delight Pictures/Canada Council for the Arts/
Le Conseil des arts et lettres de Québec/Doha Film Institute

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

Toronto International Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize

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