Magazine article Screen International

Bedlam, Far Gearing Up for First UK-Israel Co-Production, Zaytoun

Magazine article Screen International

Bedlam, Far Gearing Up for First UK-Israel Co-Production, Zaytoun

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Gareth Unwin's Bedlam Productions and Fred Ritzenberg's Far Films are in pre-production on Zaytoun, the first UK-Israel co-production following the newly ratified co-production treaty.

Details of the project were announced today at the UK-Israel Film Coproduction Treaty Launch breakfast at BAFTA in London.

Israeli film-maker Erin Riklis (Lemon Tree) is directing the feature which is also a French-Israeli co-production. It tells the story of a ten year old Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot shot down over Beirut in 1982. The script has been written by Palestinian writer Nader Rizq, winner of a Nicholls Fellowship with his script.

Casting is currently underway.

Zaytoun

French speaking territories and international sales rights are being handled by Pathé Films, United King is handling Israeli distribution rights, while Prominent Pictures, H. …

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