Iran / 2017 / 103 minutes / NR

An exquisitely composed, gripping drama from debut filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi, Ava follows a young teenage girl living with her family in Tehran, who, after an act of betrayal by her mother, feels increasingly compelled 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

  • "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

Where to Watch