Yaron Shani

Director, Writer


Born in 1973, Shani is a graduate of Tel Aviv University Film Department. In his thesis film Disphoria (2003), he experimented with a unique way of making fiction with the authentic personalities of non-actors.
Disphoria was awarded internationally at the Karlovy Vary Film
Festival and Sehsuchte Film Festival, and set him off to his debut feature length film Ajami (2009, co-created with Scandar Copti) which became a landmark in Israeli Cinema. Ajami was an Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Film; it has received a special distinction in Cannes; received five Israeli Academy Awards, among them – Best Film, Best Director and Best Script; and won 15 other international awards including Golden Alexander at Thessaloniki IFF, Sutherland Trophy at London IFF and Best Feature Length Film at Jerusalem IFF.
Life Sentences (co-directed with Nurit Kedar) won the Award for Best Documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival 2013. Since 2012, Shani is working on his highly 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. Love Trilogy – Stripped premiered at Venice – Orizzonti 2018 and won awards for Best Editing and Best Actress at Haifa IFF 2018. Love Trilogy – Chained will premiere at Berlinale Panorama 2019. Love Trilogy – Reborn will be completed during 2019.