Magazine article Screen International

Bethlehem Wins Venice Days

Magazine article Screen International

Bethlehem Wins Venice Days

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La Belle Vie gets special mention and wins Europa Cinemas Label.

Espionage drama Bethlehem, from Israel's Yuval Adler, has picked up the top prize in the Venice Days section of the 70th Venice Film Festival.

The winner was announced by the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean (FEDORA).

It also selected Milko Lazarov as best young director for his Bulgarian film Alienation, while a special metntion was given to Jean Denizot's La Belle Vie.

Europa winner

Denizot's French film, about a father who has brought up his sons in hiding after losing a custody battle, also won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in Venice Days.

La Belle Vie was chosen by a jury of four exhibitors from the network, which described it as "a highly poetic and moving version of an extraordinary true story".

In receiving the Label, La Belle Vie will benefit from promotional support from Europa Cinemas and better exhibition due to a financial incentive for network cinemas to include it in their programme schedule.

Lazarov's Alienation received a special mention. …

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