Out This Week: Aviva
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 (Zina Zinchenko and Or Schraiber as Aviva; Bobbi Jene Smith and Tyler Phillips as Eden) 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.
“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 as a creative person,” said director Boaz Yakin (Fresh, Remember the Titans). “I was influenced by such diverse filmmakers and Luis Bunuel and Bob Fosse, and set out to create something that unfolds 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.”
Watch the electrifying trailer for Aviva below and click here to order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting this week.