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July 13 - July 28

Based on her own adolescent experiences, Sadaf Foroughi’s Ava is a gripping debut about a young girl’s coming-of-age in a strict, traditional society. Living with her well-to-do parents in Tehran, Ava is a bright and focused teen whose concerns — friendships, music, social status, academic performance — resemble that of nearly any teenager. When Ava’s mistrustful and overprotective mother questions her relationship with a boy — going so far as to visit a gynecologist — Ava is overwhelmed by a newfound rage. Formerly a model student, Ava begins to rebel against the strictures imposed by her parents, her school, and the society at large.

Canada, Iran / subtitles / 103 minutes /

Critic’s Pick! Exquisitely photographed… visually inventive… [a] remarkably controlled intensity… Ava looks repression in the eye and doesn’t flinch.” —The New York Times

“Unforgettable. Sadaf Foroughi sets the ever-tightening action in sparse but bright interiors that display a remarkable eye for light and composition to create a social drama reminiscent of Asghar Farhadi’s tough work. — Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail

“Spellbinding. Its eponymous teenage girl is a rollicking blend between Persepolis and The 400 Blows‘ Antoine Doinel. Foroughi’s debut has a universal flair. — Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage


Fri, July 20
Ava 7:15 @ IU Woodburn Hall Theater
King of Hearts 8pm @ the IU Theatre & Drama Theater*

Sat, July 21
Ava 6:15 @ IU Fine Arts Theater
King of Hearts 8:15 at IU Fine Arts Theater

Sun, July 22
Ava 5:15 @ Bear’s Place
King of Hearts 7:45 @ Bear’s Place

Fri, July 27
Death of Stalin 7:30 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
King of Hearts 8pm @ the IU Fine Arts Downstairs

Sat, July 28
Ava 6:15 @ IU Global & International Theater
Death of Stalin 7:30 @ IU Fine Arts Theater
King of Hearts 8:15 at IU Global & International Theatre

Sun, July 29
Ava 5:15 @ Bear’s Place
Death of Stalin 7:30 @ Bear’s Place

*on the corner of 7th and Jordan; a Ryder representative will be stationed outside the Theatre & Drama building


July 13
July 28