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28/08/2013 h 14:30Casiṇ
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30/08/2013 h 17:00Darsena
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by Yuval Adler
World Premiere, First Feature
Israel, Belgium, Germany, 2013, 99', Arri Raw, color

screenplay Yuval Adler, Ali Waked
cinematography Yaron Scharf
editing Ron Omer
music Ishai Adar
sound Francois Dumont
art direction Yoav Sinai
costumes Lee Alembik
cast Shadi Mar'i (Sanfur), Tsahi Halevy (Razi)
Hitham Omari (Badawi), Tarek Copti (Abu Ibrahim)
Michal Shtemler (Einat), Hisham Suliman (Ibrahim)
George Iskandar (Nasser), Yossi Eini (Levi)Efrat Shnap (Maya)
Karem Shakur (Abu Mussa)Ibrahim Sakala (Tyson)

Talia Kleinhendler, Osnat Handelsman-keren
Diana Elbaum, Sebastian Delloye, Steve Hudson, Sonja Ewers
productions Pie Films, Entre Chien et Loup, Gringo Films
executive producer Ephraim Gildor

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Sanfur is the younger brother of Ibrahim, a "most wanted" Palestinian militant. Israeli Secret Service officer Razi, determined to take Ibrahim dead or alive, 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, who 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. When the Israeli Secret Service discovers how deeply involved Sanfur is in his brother's activities, Razi is accused of crossing professional lines and is ordered to sacrifice Sanfur in an upcoming attempt to assassinate Ibrahim. As preparations for the military strike get underway, both Razi and Sanfur will each have to make a choice that will irreversibly change their lives.

"An Israeli secret service agent once told me, 'The key to recruiting and running informants is to develop an intimate relationship with them, on a very human level. It's not just the informant who is confused about his identity and loyalties; the agent also experiences a blurring of the lines.' Bethlehem moves between Palestinian and Israeli societies. It shifts from intimate scenes of intelligence gathering, to explosive large-scale military operations. I attempted to embrace and accentuate contrasts. The characters in the film are compromised, extreme, and not always easy to like. I tried to bring their contradicting viewpoints into a single whole without taking sides, and without judging them." [Yuval Adler]

Yuval Adler studied mathematics at Tel Aviv University and later moved to New York, where he received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University. He also studied sculpture and photography at Columbia during this time and participated in various high-profile art shows in New York City before switching to writing and directing films full-time.Bethlehem, which he co-wrote with Ali Waked, is his first feature film.

2013 Bethlehem


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