Adopt Films has acquired all U.S. rights to “Bethlehem,” the debut film by Yuval Adler, which last month was nominated for 12 Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film launched at Venice where it won the FEDEORA award for Best Film, and recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Here’s the synopsis per Adopt Film: Taking place largely in Jerusalem and the West Bank, “Bethlehem” is a nail-biting thriller about Razi, an Israeli Secret Service (shin bet ) officer and Sanfur, his teenage Palestinian informant, the younger brother of a highly wanted Palestinian militant. Razi, determined to capture or assassinate Ibrahim, recruited Sanfur when he was just 15, investing all his energy in the kid and developing a very intimate, almost fatherly relationship with him. Sanfur, struggles to navigate between Razi’s demands and his loyalty to his brother, living a double life and lying to both.
“‘Bethlehem’ is like ‘Argo’ before it, a perfect political thriller, but unlike ‘Argo’ the audience doesn’t know in advance what will happen to the very charismatic characters at the end of the film and, thus, the suspense is unyielding from the very start,” said Adopt Films’ president Tim Grady in a statement. “We were literally shaking when we left the Toronto screening and were determined to release it. Audiences will discuss, debate, and, ultimately, adore the film. It’s a stunning debut from a first-time filmmaker and we couldn’t be more proud to introduce Yuval’s tight, tense, outstanding work to American audiences.”
The company plans to release it late next winter. Go HERE for Indiewire’s review.