(photo credit: Vered Adir)
Espionage drama Bethlehem from Israel’s Yuval Adler has won a top prize at the
Venice Film Festival.
The Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the
Mediterranean announced that director Adler won the FEDEORA award for the Venice
Days segment of the Venice Film Festival for his movie.
the screenplay with Ali Waked, an Arab journalist once based in the West Bank
The movie focuses on the relationship between Razi, an Israeli Secret Service
officer, and his teenage Palestinian informant, Sanfur, whose brother is a
Palestinian militant leader wanted by Israel.
Bethlehem has also been
nominated for 12 Ophir awards in Israel. It will premier at the Haifa Film
Festival which will take place during Sukkot.
The film stars Tzachi
Halevi, who has been nominated for best actor for his role as well. HaLevi is a
20 year veteran in the Israeli music scene having been a finalist on The Voice
and a judge for the Hallelujah global Jewish singing contest. He also performed
on HaBima, the Israel National Theater and is a veteran of an elite IDF combat