The official U.S. trailer has been released for Bethlehem, a thriller from Israel. The film, put forth as a contender for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. It looks like a smart and thrilling depiction of men with conflicting ideologies and loyalties, set firmly within the thriller genre. The three lead actors are non-professionals, which simply adds to the impressive aspects. Bethlehem took home 12 Israel Film Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.
Official synopsis for Bethlehem:
Sanfur is the younger brother of Ibrahim, a highly wanted Palestinian militant. Razi, determined to capture or assassinate Ibrahim, recruited Sanfur when he was just 15, investing all his energy in the kid and developing a very intimate, almost fatherly relationship with him.
Sanfur, who has always lived in his brother’s shadow, thrives on Razi’s attention. Now 17, he struggles to navigate between Razi’s demands and his loyalty to his brother, living a double life and lying to both.
When the Israeli Secret Service discovers how deeply involved Sanfur is in his brother’s activities, Razi is accused of crossing professional lines and is ordered to sacrifice Sanfur in an upcoming attempt to assassinate Ibrahim. As preparations for the military strike are underway both Razi and Sanfur are forced to make choices that will irreversibly change their lives.
ETA: USA (Limited Released) – 21 February, 2014.