EXCLUSIVE: U.S. distributor Adopt Films has provided Deadline with its first official trailer for Yuval Adler’s Bethlehem. The director’s feature debut won six Israeli Academy Awards earlier this year and is Israel’s entry for the Foreign Language Oscar. The film focuses on an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant, the younger brother of a sought-after militant. Bethlehem is still in theaters in Israel following its September bow and has been buzzed about for a slot on the Foreign Language shortlist. It’s set for a February 21st release in the U.S.:
EXCLUSIVE: Yuval Adler, who co-wrote and made his feature directing debut on the Toronto entry Bethlehem, has inked with WME after being pursued by several agencies and management companies up north. The pic, which had its North American debut this week in the festival’s Discovery section, centers on a young Palestinian who is recruited as as an informant by the Israeli secret service Shin Bet, and he becomes caught between two very different kinds of loyalty when he discovers that his employers are plotting to assassinate his radical brother. The Israel-born Adler, who studied philosophy at Columbia University, spent years interviewing Shin Bet officers and Palestinian militants in the making of the movie, which has been nominated for 12 Israeli Academy Awards.