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Israel Academy Picks 'Bethlehem' as Ophir Winner and Foreign Oscar Contender

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 28, 2013 at 6:27PM

The Israeli Academy has voted "Bethlehem," from rookie feature director Yuval Adler, its official entry to the foreign language Oscar, reports Yair Raveh. That's because it won six awards including Best Picture at the Ophir Awards Saturday (as well as Directing, Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Editing, Casting). It had earned 12 nominations.
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'Bethlehem'
'Bethlehem'

The Israeli Academy has voted "Bethlehem," from rookie feature director Yuval Adler, its official entry to the foreign language Oscar, reports Yair Raveh. That's because it won six Ophir Awards Saturday (Picture, Directing, Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Editing, Casting). It had earned 12 nominations. Its rival "Big Bad Wolves" took five Ophir awards: Cinematography, Score, Sound Design, Production Design, Make-Up.

"Bethlehem" has been a hit on the festival circuit; it won the Venice Film Festival Fedeora Award for Best Film; Indiewire reviewed it in Telluride; Adopt Films acquired U.S. rights out of Toronto. 

Here's the synopsis per Adopt Films, which compares the suspense film to "Argo": 

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.


This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Oscars, Foreign, Best Foreign-Language Film


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.