‘Ali & Ava’ Director Clio Barnard and Stars Adeel Akhtar and Claire Rushbrook On Exploring Connection: “I Think It Was The Most Free I’ve Ever Felt” – Contenders London

I don't feel like I came with much prepared, just a keenness to being open." "It's clear from reading the script that it was a very tender, warm, and funny love story" said Rushbrook. "Just being free with no preconceptions…
In terms of improvisation, Rushbrook said "Adeel was quite adept at fucking about."
Joining Bernard on the stage were the film's stars Adeel Akhtar and Claire Rushbrook.
Ali & Ava was produced by Barnard’s long-term producer Tracy O’Riordan of Moonspun Films, with finance from BBC Films, BFI and Screen Yorkshire. Watch a teaser from the pic here.
"That's the generosity of Clio's process," Akhtar responded.
She also described the idea behind the film as a "bio-fiction." "I knew I wanted it to be a love story," Bernard said to Anna Smith at Deadline's Contender's Event: London.
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"It all felt very organic and very easy and slow moving," said Akhtar, "to the point where when we were on set, and I was actually being Ali, I think it was the most free I’ve ever felt."
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Ellora Torchia, Shaun Thomas and Natalie Gavin also star in the pic from writer-director Barnard. A story about the emotional complexity of grief and love, Ali & Ava follows Ali (Akhtar), a British Pakistani landlord, and Ava (Rushbrook), an Irish teacher and single mother, as they navigate a mutual desire for connection despite their own personal dilemmas.
Clio Barnard took inspiration from two people she met while filming previous films for Ali & Ava, which premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

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