Israeli film ‘Bethlehem’ wins a top prize at Venice Film Fest

Espionage drama Bethlehem from Israel’s Yuval Adler has won a top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
September 10, 2013 21:07
‘BETHLEHEM’

‘BETHLEHEM’ 370. (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.

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Adler co-wrote 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 unit.


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