'Bethlehem' Likely Be Chosen Israel's Oscar

Venice Days winner sweeps Ophir Awards

Venice festival player “Bethlehem” swept the country’s Ophir Awards on Saturday, winning best film, casting, editing and supporting actor for Tsahi Halevi on Saturday in Tel Aviv. Israel usually sends the winner of the Ophirs, given by the Israeli Film and TV Academy, to the Oscars as its foreign-lingo film entry.

Pic, co-directed by Yuval Adler and Ali Waked, took the Venice Days prize as well as the top prize at the Haifa Film Festival earlier this month. Story co-directed by an Israeli and a Palestinian, is a thriller revolving around an Israeli security officer and his Palestinian informant.

Variety reviewed the film in Venice.

Adopt Films has U.S. rights for the film, which also played in Toronto earlier this month.

Big Bad Wolves” took five prizes while the documentary award went to “The Gatekeepers.”

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