Magazine article Screen International

Bethlehem Wins in Haifa, Submitted for Oscar Race

Magazine article Screen International

Bethlehem Wins in Haifa, Submitted for Oscar Race

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Ana Arabia, La Dune also honoured in Haifa.

Yuval Adler's Bethlehem, fresh from its international tour through Venice, Telluride and Toronto, landed back home for a triumphal opening reception at the Haifa Film Festival, grabbing both the Best Israeli Film Award and a Best Actor award for Tsahi Halevy, who plays an Israeli security officer at odds with his bosses and in trouble with the young Palestinian he is trying to turn into his own agent. The film is also now confirmed as the Israeli submission for the Oscar race for best foreign-language film.

Amos Gitai's one-shot feature, Ana Arabia, predictably collected a Best Cinematography award for Giora Bejach and Nir Bar's 82-minute tour-de-force. A second prize went to the film's script authored by Gitai with his regular partner, Marie-Josee Sanselme. …

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