An Israel movie called Bethlehem has won a top prize at the Venice Film Festival. The Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean announced that director Yuval Adler won the FEDEORA award for the Venice Days segment of the Venice Film Festival for his movie, a drama based in Israel. Alder co-wrote the film with Ali Waked, a journalist for Yedioth Achronoth news and other outlets.
Bethlehem has also been nominated for 12 Ophir awards in Israel. It will premier at the Haifa Film Festival which will take place during Sukkot.
The film stars Tzachi Halevi, who has been nominated for best actor for his role as well. HaLevi is a 20 year veteran in the Israeli music scene having been a finalist on The Voice and a judge for the Hallelujah global Jewish singing contest. He also performed on HaBima, the Israel National Theater and is a veteran of an elite IDF combat unit.
Other Israeli films to win awards at the film festival, now in its 70th year, were Ana Arabia from director Amos Gitai, who took home the Robert Bresson Award. White Shadow from Israeli filmmaker Noaz Deshe won the Lion of the Future Venice Award for a Debut Film.