Israeli Film Series

Spotlight on Israeli Culture presents

The Israeli Film Series will present “Aviva, My Love” and “Jellyfish”, stories that have one distinct and dynamic leitmotif – a main female character, built and developed within complex emotional and social realities which are unique to each story. Each film in the series is a compelling artistic exploration of woman’s position in Israeli society, and her strive towards individual and professional independence. A brief discussion will follow each screening.

AVIVA, MY LOVE (Aviva Ahuvati)
Israel, 2006, 107 mins
Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Shemi Zarhin
Cast: Asi Levi, Rotem Abuhab, Levana Finkelstein, Dror Keren

Aviva is a hotel cook who has an impressive but secret talent for writing. With her sister Anita’s encouragement, Aviva’s writing is brought to the attention of Oded, a well-known writer, who takes her under his wing, promising to turn her into an accomplished author. The journey to making her dream come true changes Aviva’s life and that of those she loves: her unemployed husband, her unhappy children, her unstable mother and especially Anita, a free spirit with dreams of her own.

Israel, 2007, 78 mins
Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Shira Geffen and Etgar Keret
Cast: Sarah Adler, Nikol Leidman, Gera Sandler

Tel Aviv. A portrait of a messy world in which all the characters scrape by as best they can, looking for love, for something to remember or to forget…


Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street


Aviva, My Love
Mon. Mar. 16 – 5:30pm
Discussion to follow

Mon. Mar. 23 – 5:30pm
Discussion to follow




This program is part of the Spotlight on Israeli Culture festival taking place Feb – March 2015 in Toronto, read more about the other events at the Spotlight website.