Israel, Germany


Rashi has been a police officer for 16 years, a guardian of others and the law, always in control. Despite his constant exposure to violence, he dearly hopes to have a child with his wife Avigail. Then Rashi’s world is shaken. He is accused of sexual assault and suspended from the force due to his conduct during a standard police-check on some privileged boys. While defending his innocence at work, he finds himself clashing at home with his Lolita-like step-daughter who is as assertive and stubborn as he is, defying his authority. His wife becomes gradually distant.

Helpless and chained by his need to dominate, he becomes a danger to himself and his beloved ones.

Director's Statement

CHAINED and it’s two trilogy sisters (STRIPPED and REBORN) are part of the next revolution in cinema, as it rejects the familiar lines between fiction and real life. The actors you see in CHAINED are experiencing the deep nature of their actual and authentic life, the drama is deeply connected to their core identity and much of it has really happened to them. For almost a year, they have been living as their characters - step by step in chronological manner, without reading a script or being aware of what the next step is going to be.
The emotions they experienced were raw and spontaneous - a laugh was a real burst of joy and surprise. Anger was genuine, not performed. Nevertheless, everything was carefully controlled and directed in order to escalate into moments of explosive sincerity.
The outer frames of plot and theme are closely constructed, but the building blocks of emotions, energies and dialogue are deeper, richer and more intense than anything I could write in a script. The outcome offers a completely new definition to storytelling, filmmaking and drama. Unlike fiction filmmaking, the drama is not performed. It is alive and spontaneous and therefore highly authentic. Yet, it is controlled and follows a well defined plot. Unlike niche approaches which blur the lines between fiction and life, we are able to experience the most intense moments from the most intimate positions. It’s like being a fly on the wall when a real emotional climax unfolds. It is something that is almost impossible for fiction or documentary to achieve.

Director's Biography

Born in 1973, Yaron Shani is a graduate of Tel Aviv University's film department. In his thesis film DISPHORIA (2003), he experimented with a unique way of making fiction with the authentic personalities of non-actors.
Since 2012, Yaron is working on his ambitious project - LOVE TRILOGY, a world of intertwined human stories told from three different angles. Each film stands for itself, and the three-combined present an epic and surprising scope on the notion of love.

2013 - LIFE SENTENCES, doc.
2009 - AJAMI
2003 - DISPHORIA, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Yaron Shani

Written by: Yaron Shani

Produced by: Saar Yogev, Naomi Levari, Michael Reuter

Cinematography: Nizan Lotem, Shai Skiff

Editing: Yaron Shani

Sound: Nir Alon, Aviv Aldema

Cast: Stav Almagor (Avigail), Eran Naim (Rashi)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2019