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Bethlehem (Beit-Lehem)


“... Real insight into how the intelligence world works in the Middle East. The razor-sharp cutting and canny handling of tension are reminiscent of Kathryn Bigelow.” — Indie Wire



Winner of the FEDEORA award for Best Film (Venice Days), political thriller Bethlehem was nominated for 12 Ophir Awards (Israel’s Oscars) in 2013 and is causing a stir on the international film-festival circuit. Exploring the complex friendship between Israeli secret service officer Razi (Tsahi Halevi), and his teenage Palestinian informant, Sanfur (Sahdi Marei), who is also the brother of a senior Palestinian militant, Bethlehem follows Sanfur as he becomes increasingly conflicted, learning of the Israeli plan to assassinate his radical brother. This debut feature film from Yuval Adler was co-written with veteran West Bank-based journalist Ali Waked, whose experience covering the region provides the film with a gritty realism that intensifies this cinematic experience.

★★★★   “...a powerful, moving and informative film.” Margaret Pomeranz - At The Movies

★★★★ David Stratton - At The Movies



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    Yuval Adler

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