"AVA IS A TRUCULENT, TROUBLESOME PRESENCE, WITH IMAGES OF A PECULIAR RICHNESS." - VARIETY
FRANCE • DRAMA • 105 MINS • 2017 • MA15+
Directed by: LÉA MYSIUS
Starring: Noée Abita, Laure Calamy, Juan Cano, Tamara Cano
Nominated for the Critics’ Week Grand Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Ava is the self-assured, life-affirming directorial debut from screenwriter Léa Mysius (co-writer of Ismaël’s Ghosts in this year’s Festival), featuring a 'tour-de-force' performance from newcomer Noée Abita in the titular role.
Thirteen-year-old Ava is on a summer holiday in the Medoc region when she learns a degenerative condition that is turning her blind has accelerated. Rather than wallow in her imminent disability, Ava chooses to embrace her remaining senses and explore her burgeoning sensuality, as encouraged by her mother (Laure Calamy). An encounter with a young troublemaker, Juan (Juan Cano), sends Ava on a series of adventures she would never have dared to do before her prognosis.
Shot on 35mm film to accentuate a saturated colour palette of warm, golden tones, Ava’s blindness is also a metaphor for contemporary French society’s growing tendency to embrace extremism, as well as increasing social distress.This is an adroit meditation on politics, sensuality and the 'joie de vivre' of youth; a refreshing chronicle of a young girl’s coming of age.
French with English subtitles
Opening Night, Closing Night
Special Event, Q&A
Not showing in Parramatta.
Not showing in Avoca Beach.