Israel, 2013, 99 Minute Running Time
Topics: Jewish Interest, Middle East, War
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Hebrew English Sub-Titles
Awards: 6 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay; Best Film, Venice Days
Based on extensive research, and co-written by Ali Waked, a Muslim journalist who spent years in the West Bank, Bethlehem reveals the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer, Razi, and his teenage Palestinian informant Sanfur, who was just 15 when recruited and whose older brother Ibrahim is a highly wanted militant.
Shuttling between Israeli and Palestinian points of view, it is a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by competing loyalties, providing a glimpse into the dark world of intelligence gathering.Sanfur, who has always lived in his brother's shadow, thrives on Razi's attention. Now 17, he struggles to navigate between Razi’s demands and his loyalty to his brother, living a double life and lying to both.
"Adler’s smooth, fast paced, smart approach – no doubt the result of his American filmmaking training – offers, under the guise of a thriller, a morality tale strewn with victims but without any outright heroes or villains."
- Dan Fainaru, "ScreenWinner"
DIRECTOR: Yuval Adler
Producer: Talia Kleinhandler, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Sébastien Delloye, Diana Elbaum, Sonja Ewers, Steve Huds
Editor: Ron Omer
Screenwriter: Yuval AdlerAli Waked
Cinematographer: Yaron Scharf
Music: Yishai Adar
Principal Cast: Tsahi Halevy, Yossi Einy, Shadi Mar’i, Hitham Omari, Hisham Suliman, George Iskander
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Adopt Films
Official Film Website