We previously mentioned Ava, Iranian-Canadian filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi’s exciting debut, last week, as it was one of the featured films at The Smithsonian Iranian Film Festival. It’s introduction to North American critics has, so far, been glowing.
Andrew Parker at The Gate gave Ava a perfect score, calling it, “…one of the best Canadian produced efforts of the year, and the kind of film that the country needs more of: a culturally specific story with global resonance.” Parker continued, “…formally exciting, narratively impressive, and universally relatable without forsaking its own sense of time, place, and cultural identity. It’s as close to perfect as a film can get.”
Ava has also been nominated for an award in eight categories at the Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Motion Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, for Mahour Jabbari’s turn as the lead.
The Canadian Screen Awards will have its annual ceremony later this year, on March 11th.
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