Summer of Aviya
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Summer of Aviya
Aviya's Summer
Directed byEli Cohen
Produced byGila Almagor
Eitan Evan
Written byGila Almagor
Eli Cohen
StarringGila Almagor
Kaipo Cohen
CinematographyDavid Gurfinkel
Edited byTova Neeman
Release date
  • July 15, 1988 (1988-07-15)
Running time
95 minutes

Aviya's Summer[1] (Hebrew: ? ?‎; translit. Ha-Kayits Shel Aviya) is a Hebrew-language book that became a bestseller. The 1985 autobiographical novel by theater actress Gila Almagor was made into a film released in 1988. The 96-minute film acts as a memoir of Almagor's childhood and provides insights into Israeli society in the early post-state period. The film was shot on location in Kfar Avraham, Petach Tikvah, Israel.[2]


Aviya's Summer is set in the summer of 1951, in the newly established state of Israel. The film chronicles the life of ten-year-old Aviya, whose warm, loving, and fiercely independent mother, Henya (played by Almagor herself), is tortured by periodic mental breakdowns. Henya's psychological and emotional scars stem from her horrid experience during the Holocaust, and from the loss of her husband during the war. Henya was once considered to be a beautiful and courageous partisan fighter, yet now she is constantly mocked by native Israelis for her erratic behavior. She walks the thin line between sanity and madness, attempting to forge a life for herself and her daughter in the new realities of Israel.

Aviya is a bright girl with a vivid imagination, yet she is mocked by her peers. Her relationship with her mother is complex, at times affectionate, but also fragile. Aviya fantasizes that if she could only find her father, all her/her mother's problems would cease and her family would be whole again. Aviya's wild imagination regarding her quest to find her father leads to the climax of the film. The film ends with Aviya coming to terms with the realities of her life and reaching a maturity beyond her years.


The film has been the recipient of many Israeli prizes as well as various international awards, including the Silver Bear Award from the 39th Berlin International Film Festival,[3] Best Foreign Film - San Remo Festival, and Best Director/Best Actress - Silver Menorah Award.[4] The film was selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 61st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[5]


  • Gila Almagor - Henya Aleksandrowicz
  • Kaipo Cohen - Aviya Aleksandrowicz
  • Marina Rosetti - Esther/Helena "Lena" Gantz
  • Eli Cohen - Max Gantz
  • Avital Dicker - Maya Abramson


See also


  1. ^ Aviya's Summer on
  2. ^ Aviya's Summer on IMDb
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1989 Prize Winners". Retrieved .
  4. ^ "The Summer of Aviya". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02.
  5. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

External links

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