Detroit Film Theatre


BETHLEHEM

Friday, February 28, 2014

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Israel/2013—directed by Yuval Adler)
 
Recruited as an informant by the Israeli secret service called Shin Bet, a Palestinian teenager named Sanfur (Shhadi Maryee) is caught in a double bind when he discovers that his new employers may be planning action against his brother, a dedicated fighter in the Palestinian resistance. Further complicating Sanfur’s dilemma is the father-son relationship he has developed with the conflicted Israeli agent (Tsahi Halevi) who originally recruited him. Israeli writer-director Yuval Adler co-wrote Bethlehem with Arab journalist Ali Vakad, and the result is a one-of-a-kind thriller, subtle and electrifying, revealing the ways that both sides in this endless war are perpetrators and victims, and none are immune to the pervasive paranoia and mistrust that pervades everyday existence. Winner of six Israeli “Oscars,” including Best Picture and Director. Venice, Telluride and Toronto Festivals. Official Israeli Sumbmission, 2014 Academy Awards. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. (99 min.)
 
“A terrific Israeli movie – kind of like a West Bank The Wire.” –A.O. Scott, The New York Times
 
“A tightly wound, clock-ticking thriller.” –Leslie Felperin, Variety
 
“This gripping, absorbing drama looks at both sides with unusual even-handedness and compassion.” –Michael Wilmington, The Village Voice
 
"A powerful debut that strips away the politics of its scenario to get at the emotional conundrums beneath." –Eric Kohn, IndieWire