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Ava, de Sadaf Foroughi

Please note that this event is now archived.
Movies in English or with English subtitles


Sunday, 15 April 2018 | 12:00 La Maison du Cinéma

                                    Poster of Ava, de Sadaf Foroughi

Lauréat – Interprétation féminine dans un rôle de soutien – Prix Écrans Canadiens 2018
8 nominations – Prix Écrans Canadiens 2018

Ava’s first visit to the gynaecologist with her mother is a traumatic experience for the 16-year-old young woman. Trauma gives way to anger when Ava discovers her mother’s dishonesty and learn of the rules she broke, when she was the age Ava is now. Bewildered and enraged, Ava attempts and fails suicide at school. To avoid being expelled, she accepts a deal to snitch on her classmates, but a guilty conscience is a heavy burden. Misunderstood by her parents and tormented by school, Ava decides on a third way forward.


Sadaf Foroughi


Sadaf Foroughi


Iran, Canada and Qatar








Persian, subtitled in English


Mahour Jabbari, Vahid Aghapoor and Bahar Noohian


Sweet Delight Pictures


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Sadaf Foroughi

Sadaf Foroughi is an Iranian-born, Montreal-based filmmaker. She began her artistic career in 2003, creating and producing short films, documentaries and video art.
Foroughi participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, where she was selected to participate in the Why Democracy? short film project. Her short documentary ‘Féminin, Masculin’ (2007) was nominated for the Best Non-European Film Award at the Grand Off-European Off Film Awards in Warsaw, and won the Best Short Film award at the Oxford Brooks University Annual Film and Music Festival.
She co-wrote, co-produced, and appeared in Kiarash Anvari’s feature-length film ‘The Pot and the Oak’ (2017), which had its world premiere in the Bright Future Competition Section of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Sadaf’s debut feature film AVA had its premier in the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017. Ava was given a honourable mention as the best Canadian debut feature film and awarded the Discovery Section FIPERSCI Prize at Toronto International Film Festival 2017.
Foroughi graduated with an MA in Film Studies from the University of Provence, has continued her Ph.D. in Film philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the same university and completed her studies in Film Production at the New York Film Academy.