In these unusual times for live performance and theatrical releases, we need to be ready for anything. Opening virtually on Friday and in selected at-home movie houses across the country next week, the gender-fluid “Aviva” premieres this Friday, June 12, via the Laemmle (LA) and Frida (Santa Ana) theaters and Lumiere (Beverly Hills) on Saturday, June 13.
An official selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, “Aviva” is produced and distributed by Outsider Pictures and Strand Releasing in partnership with local art house cinemas across the United States. This feature-length drama is fueled by a cast of movers led by ex-Batsheva Dance Company member Bobbi Jene Smith (star of the 2019 film “Mari” and “Bobbi Jene” —winner Best Doc Feature, 2017 Tribeca Film Festival) and a trio of others from that Israeli ensemble. Choreography for “Aviva” is by Smith.
A contemporary love story happening in Paris, New York and online, the film follows two protagonists exploring sexuality and identity through four performers and visceral oral/movement languages. It was written and directed by Boaz Yakin (writer of “The Rookie,” director of “Remember the Titans,” among others).
There are three free live streamed Q&A’s on June 13, 14 and 20 (see info link).
—Benn Widdey, Culture Spot LA
Location: Laemmle Theaters (LA), Lumiere (Beverly Hills), Frida Cinema (Santa Ana)