Love Trilogy: Chained

by Yaron Shani



A well-respected police officer dreams of having a child with his newly-wedded wife. His world is shaken when two boys accuse him of sexually harassing them. As his inquiry progresses, the shame and helplessness reveal unexpected sides in his character.


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.





Israel/Germany  2019  112mn  2.40:1  5.1  Hebrew

Original title

Eynayim Sheli

written & directed by

Yaron Shani

Produced by

Saar Yogev & Naomi Levari (Black Sheep Film Productions), Michael Reuter (The Post Republic)

Financial supporters

With the support of Israel Film Fund, Misrad Hatarbut, Moetzet hakolnoa, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, Mifal Hapais, ZDF/Das Kleine Fernesehspiel and Arte




“Human Love is as complex as life itself. It contains so many paradoxes and contradictions and holds the meaning of our existence. Each of the trilogy films concentrates on a different dimension. Each film is complete in itself and can be viewed alone to make a whole experience, but the combination of the three provides a wide-scope picture of the characters’ intersecting lives from different angles and in different times. The films can be seen in any order, making a different meaning each way. The content was not written by a script-writer. It lived freely in front of the camera. The actors were not acting, they were being. They were actually living the lives of their characters and in a way – their most personal self. In that sense, the drama is not constrained to clichés and stereotypes. It is as real and genuine as life.”






Editor Yaron Shani

Cinematographers  Shai Skiff & Nizan Lotem

Sound Recordist Nir Alon

Sound Designer & Mix Aviv Aldema


Born in 1973, Yaron Shani is a graduate of Tel Aviv University Film Department.

He co-directed AJAMI (2009- 1st feature length) together with Scandar Copti acclaimed internationally. Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Film, Caméra d’Or – Special Mention, 5 Israeli Academy awards, Golden Alexander at Thessaloniki IFF, Sutherland Trophy at London IFF and Best Feature Film at Jerusalem IFF.

LIFE SENTENCES (2013) co-directed with Nurit Kedar won the Award for Best Documentary at the Jerusalem IFF.

Press Quotes

“..a corrosive power”  VARIETY

« gripping and intense film » The Upcoming

« A remarkable drama » ; « Eran Naim has, with its massive appearance, an astonishing screen presence. » RBB (radio/Germany)

Festivals & Awards

Berlinale –  Panorama (2019)

Transatlantyk (Poland) – Competition

European Film Festival Palić (Serbia) – Official Competition Section – SPECIAL MENTION to the director Yaron Shani and the actor Eran Naim

Monterrey (Mexico) – Israelian Focus

Jerusalem Film Festival (Israel) – Competition –  Best Film,  Best Actor for Eran Naim & Audience Award

Israeli Film Academy – Best Director, Best actor for Eran Naim

Asia Pacific Screen Awards – In Competition

European Film Award – Nomination for Feature film section

Chicago (USA) – World Cinema- US PREMIERE

Jewish International Film Festival (Australia)

Denver Film Festival – Official Selection

UK Jewish Film Festival

Thessaloniki Film Festival

Israel Film Festival (Los Angeles)

Cinergia Film Festival

International Crime and Punishment Film Festival

Hainan Island Film Festival

Tblisi International Film Festival – Horizons

Miami Jewish Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize Competition

Goteborg Film Festival – Five Continents Section

East Bay Jewish Film Festival

House of Tolerance (Slovenia)

Vilnius Film Festival

Toronto Jewish Film Festival

Montreal Israeli Film Festival – Winner (Best Director, Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor)

NYC Israeli Film Festival

Summer Film School (Czech Republic)

Nuevo Cinema Ebraico e Israeliano, Milan (Italy)

Odessa Film Festival (Ukraine)

Israel Film Festival, Moscow (Russia)

Israel Embassy in Bratislava (Slovakia)