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Ali & Ava

In-Person screening

The Radio Rooms
10 March 2022, 19:00 – 20:35
Tickets £5 (or pay what you can on the door)

In this Programme:

Ilinca Vanau


Ilinca Vanau is a writer and photographer living in Edinburgh. Born in Romania, she moved to Scotland a decade ago to study at the University of St Andrews, where she received her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology and Film Studies. Her academic journey has happened in tandem with ventures into publishing, curating and film programming as well as work on several long-term photographic projects. In 2018, she returned to the University of St Andrews and completed an MLitt in Film Studies with a thesis exploring the formal correspondences between films by Chantal Akerman and Sergei Loznitsa. Ilinca is drawn to cinema that touches upon the fields of documentary film, visual anthropology, sensory ethnography and is interested in cinematic thinking and the ethics of film form. More broadly, she turns to moving image practices to question and taste the intimate relationship between time, memory and identity.

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Ali & Ava

Both lonely for different reasons, Ali and Ava meet through their shared affection for Sofia (6), the child of Ali’s Slovakian tenants, whom Ava teaches. Ali finds comfort in Ava’s warmth and kindness and Ava finds Ali’s complexity and humour irresistible. Over a lunar month, sparks fly and a deep connection begins to grow. However, the legacy of Ava’s past relationship and Ali’s emotional turmoil at the breakdown of his marriage begins to overshadow their newfound passion.

Enveloped in music and imbued with humour, Ali and Ava is a compelling contemporary love story written & directed by BAFTA-nominated Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant, Dark River).


Clio Barnard

Production Country

United Kingdom

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95 mins


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