Canada, Iran / 2017 / 103 minutes / NR

Based on her own adolescent experiences, Sadaf Foroughi’s Ava is 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 with a boy — going so far as to visit a gynecologist — Ava is 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.

  • Director

    Sadaf Foroughi

  • Producer

    Sadaf Foroughi
    Kiarash Anvari

  • Cast

    Mahour Jabbari
    Bahar Nouhian
    Leili Rashidi
    Vahid Aghapour

  • "How much of the pain of Sadaf Foroughi’s first feature is the pain of being a teenager, and how much is it being a teenager at a particular place and time? These are the questions raised by Foroughi’s exquisite, unorthodox framings and reframings of her characters, each one posing a separate inquiry."

    — Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • "A must-watch movie."

  • "A knock-out feature debut. Foroughi reframes the image of women in Iran in the staggering Ava."

    — Stephen Saito, Moveable Feast