Yaron Shani – Chained #Berlinale2019

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Taking character development to a whole new level.

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PODCAST| Nicolò Comotti interviews Yaron Shani, director of the film Chained.

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Yaron Shani is at the Berlinale with Chained, the second film of his Love trilogy. Chained is a darkly ironic and extremely veritable look on a man’s life that with kafka-esque rhythm will completely fall into ruin. Chained stars Eran Rain, Stav Almagor and Stav Patai and is in Panorama’s official selection.

Chained: Rashi has been in the police force for sixteen years and is a strict and relentless advocate of law and order. This is something experienced by a handful of young people who appear to be dealing drugs in the park in the afternoons when Rashi orders two of them to strip naked. The next day it transpires that the father of one of the boys is a high-ranking secret service official. Rashi is promptly accused of sexual harassment and suspended from duty. His world is thrown into disarray and not only his own future, but also that of his small family is called into question. Rashi and his partner Avigail have long been trying to have a child together. Avigail’s 13-year-old daughter Yasmin does not make the situation any easier. She is in the throes of puberty, dreams of a career as a model and always stubbornly tries to impose her will. Things are really heating up for Rashi. Yaron Shani employs a cast of non-professional actors to create this profile of an outwardly strong man whose questionable idealism leads to disaster. A drama about love and the bid to win control that features intense and utterly authentic dialogue.

To discover more about the film, click here.

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    Nicolò Comotti
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    Yaron Shani
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