Experiencing Interruptions?


Aviva is a young Parisian who develops an online romance with Eden, a New Yorker. After a long courtship they meet in person and fall in love, settling into an intimate relationship that leads to marriage.

But their lives are not without struggle — for inside both young lovers exist warring factions of masculine and feminine energies battling for primacy inside and out of the bodies that contain them.

Incorporating exultant dance sequences, and featuring a pair of principal characters played by four different actors externally expressing their masculine and feminine sides, Aviva captures a restless, frenzied and very fluid moment in time — right now — where the male-female dynamic is demystified and laid bare like never before.

  • Boaz Yakin
    Fresh, A Price Above Rubies. Death In Love
  • Boaz Yakin
  • Boaz Yakin
  • Carlos Zozaya
  • Bobbi Jene Smith
    Key Cast
    "Eden - Woman"
    Mari, Bobbi Jene
  • Zina Zinchenko
    Key Cast
    "Aviva - Woman"
    7 Days In Entebbe, A Tale Of Love And Darkness
  • Or Schraiber
    Key Cast
    "Aviva - Man"
    The Last Planet, Bobbi Gene
  • Tyler Phillips
    Key Cast
    "Eden - Man"
    Debut Feature
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Dance, Romance, Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 56 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 5, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    750,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    France, United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • SXSW 2020
    Austin, Texas
    United States
  • Fantaspoa 2020
  • Nederlandse Dansdagen 2020
  • Transatlantyk 2020
  • Haifa 2020
  • Choreoscope 2020

    Outstanding Achievement in Dance Film AWARD
Distribution Information
  • alief
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Boaz Yakin

BOAZ YAKIN's first feature as writer and director, "Fresh", starring Samuel L Jackson and Giancarlo Esposito, won the Filmmaker's Trophy at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, as well as prizes in the Tokyo Film Festival and other festivals throughout Europe.

He followed with "A Price Above Rubies" (starring Renee Zellweger), which was featured at the Dauville festival, and released by Miramax films. He has since alternated between personal, independent projects and studio movies, such as "Remember the Titans" (starring Denzel Washington), "Uptown Girls", "Safe", (starring Jason Statham,) "Max", released world-wide by MGM, and the Sundance premiere "Death in Love", (starring Jaqueline Bisset and Josh Lucas). Yakin's most recent independent film, "Boarding School," was released in 2018.

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Director Statement

With Aviva, I wanted to make a film that told the story of the inner life experienced in a romantic relationship, using all the expressive means I have been exposed to in my life as a creative person: Film, theater, dance, music. I think that often our medium, which is so suited to expressiveness and experimentation is forced into a ?realistic? straightjacket, and I wanted to break free of this and explore all the ways such a story can be told. I was influenced by such diverse filmmakers and Luis Bunuel and Bob Fosse, and set out to create something that expresses itself in dance and physical movement as well as traditional dramatic scenes. And even these scenes I wanted to imbue with the concept of different actors playing different aspects of the characters they were portraying; using visual differences to highlight the inner emotional and spiritual splits that are experienced by all of us.