Bethlehem, a controversial Israeli movie screens in Toronto film festival
Reuters, Toronto

Recruited as an informant by the Israeli secret service Shin Bet, a young Palestinian man finds himself caught between two very different kinds of loyalty when he discovers that his employers are plotting to assassinate his radical brother. First-time feature director Yuval Adler spent years interviewing Shin Bet officers and Palestinian militants to create this complex, intelligent, and timely tragedy.

Critics said that the movie is considered to be one of the most unnervingly lucid films to be made about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Yuval Adler’s Bethlehem is a bold and bracing feature debut. Shifting between Israeli and Palestinian societies to tell its story of secret strategies, precarious alliances, and terrible betrayals, this gripping thriller plunges us into a milieu of family, terror, and espionage.

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