Celluloid Dreams has unveiled the first trailer for Israeli director Yaron Shani’s emotional drama Stripped ahead of its premiere in Venice’s Horizons sidebar this evening (Aug 29).

The film revolves around the life-changing relationship between successful 34-year-old novelist Alice, who is suffering from acute anxiety, and 17-year-old Ziv, a talented classical musician who is forced to put his passion on hold while he completes compulsory military service.

Stripped is Shani’s debut solo feature, after the award-winning 2009 drama Ajami, which he co-directed with Scandar Copti, and is also the first work in his The Love Trilogy.

The trio of films blur fiction and documentary and feature mostly non-professional actors, who were asked to inhabit the lives of their on-screen personas over a year-long shooting period.

The next two films in the trilogy - entitled Chained and Reborn - are currently in post-production and due to hit the festival circuit in the coming months.

Saar Yogev and Naomi Levari at Israel’s Black Sheep Film Productions are lead producers with Michael Reuter at Germany’s The Post Republic on board as a co-producer. It is supported by Israel Film Fund, YES and ZDF Das Kleine Fernsehspiel / Arte.