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.
2019- Israel / Germany – 4K – 112 min – 1:2.40 – 5.1 – Hebrew
written & directed by
Saar Yogev & Naomi Levari (Black Sheep Film Productions), Michael Reuter (The Post Republic)
With the support of Israel Film Fund, Misrad Hatarbut, Moetzet hakolnoa, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, Mifal Hapais, ZDF/Das Kleine Fernesehspiel and Arte
Rashi ERAN NAIM
Avigail STAV ALMAGOR
Yasmin STAV PATAY
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.
“..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