Official Israeli Academy Award(R) submission for Best Foreign Language Film, won six awards of the Israeli Film Academy (including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay), and was an Official Selection of the Venice Film Festival. Directorial debut of Yuval Adler about a young Palestinian informant who must divide his loyalty between his militant brother and a paternal Israeli Secret Service officer.
Adopt Films and Kino Lorber release the award-winning Israeli thriller Bethlehem
Winner of 6 Awards of the Israeli Film Academy and winner at the Venice Film Festival will be released on DVD July 15th
"A tightly wound, clock-ticking thriller" - Leslie Felperin, Variety "A taut, expertly constructed, and suspenseful police procedural..." - Peter Keough, The Boston Globe
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 3, 2014 - Adopt Films and Kino Lorber are proud to announce the DVD release of Bethlehem, the award-winning directorial debut of Yuval Adler about a young Palestinian informant who must divide his loyalty between his militant brother and a paternal Israeli Secret Service officer.
Now, this gripping thriller will be available July 15th on DVD with a SRP of $29.95. This DVD release follows its successful theatrical run in 25 markets, where it played to great acclaim.
Bethlehem was the Official Israeli Academy Award(R) submission for Best Foreign Language Film, won six awards of the Israeli Film Academy (including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay), and was an Official Selection of the Venice Film Festival (where it won the Fedeora Award - Best Film [Venice Days]), Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and AFI Film Festival.
SYNOPSIS: Bethlehem tells the story of the complex relationship between Razi, an Israeli Secret Service officer, and his teenage Palestinian informant Sanfur. Sanfur is the younger brother of Ibrahim, 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, 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. 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 are underway both Razi and Sanfur are forced to make choices that will irreversibly change their lives.
Co-written by Israeli director Yuval Adler, and Ali Waked, an Arab journalist who spent years in the West Bank, and based on extensive research, Bethlehem transcends perspectives, revealing the impossible situations and moral dilemmas associated with the dark and fascinating world of human intelligence.
Director: Yuval Adler
DVD Street Date: July 15, 2014
DVD SRP: $29.95
DVD UPC: 748252161925
Run Time: 99 min. * Hebrew, Arabic w/English subtitles * Color * 2013
* Dolby Digital Stereo * Aspect: 16:9
About Adopt Films:
Adopt Films is an independent theatrical film distribution company based in NYC. Some of its recent and upcoming films are Ursula Meier's SISTER, Christian Petzold's BARBARA, Miguel Gomes' TABU, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's CAESAR MUST DIE, Jean-Marc Vallee's CAFE DE FLORE, Yuval Adler's BETHLEHEM, and Hany Abu-Assad's OMAR.
About Kino Lorber:
Kino Lorber is a leading distributor of classic, independent and foreign cinema for over 30 years. With a library of 800 titles, the company releases annually over 25 films theatrically and 70 titles on home media on its 5 house brands. Kino Lorber also distributes a growing number of complementary third-party labels on packaged media, and is a direct distributor to all major digital platforms.
July 6, 2014, 11:17 am - PR