ALI'S WEDDING (2016) [Feature]

Australia (MIFF 2017 , Australian)
Director: Jeffrey Walker

Love, lies and Qu'ranic scripture collide on the streets of Melbourne in Osamah Sami's sweet, funny and (unfortunately) true tale of the lengths one man will go to find love – and avoid disappointing his very religious dad.

Ali is just trying to do the right thing. The son of a Muslim cleric who immigrated from Iraq, he's taken to the Melbourne lifestyle in a way that his father simply hasn't. But he's getting to a marriageable age and when a sequence of well-intentioned lies starts hurtling out of control, he finds himself being thrust into an arranged match that he has absolutely no intention of going through with – all while simultaneously falling in love with another woman, Dianne.

Based on the real-life experience of lead actor Osamah Sami's ill-fated marriage, Ali's Wedding is the affectionate and heartfelt feature film debut from TV-directing phenom Jeffrey Walker (Jack Irish: Bad Debts, Miff 2012). Winner of Best Original Screenplay at the Australian Writers' Guild Awards, Ali's Wedding is a fast-paced comedy of manners that shines with wit, humanity and crowd-pleasing charisma.

New: The Sunday 20 August session is an encore screening for the winner of The Age Critics Award for Best Australian feature film shown at MIFF2017.

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