‘Bethlehem’ wins six Israeli Oscars

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli film “Bethlehem” won six Ophir Awards and will represent Israel at the Academy Awards.

The film won the Ophir Awards, Israel’s equivalent of the Oscars awarded by the Israeli Academy of Film and Television, on Saturday night at the annual awards ceremony.

The film received awards for best feature film, best director, best actor, best supporting actor, best editing and best casting.

The film was  co-written and co-directed by Yuval Adler and Ali Waked.

“Bethlehem” won the Venice Days prize at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month, and  best Israeli feature film award at the Haifa Film Festival last week.

The movie describes the relationship between an Israeli Shin Ben security service agent and a teenage Palestinian informant, who also is the younger brother of the head of the Al-Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades in Bethlehem.

“The Gatekeepers,” featuring interviews with Israel’s former intelligence chiefs, won the award for best documentary at the Ophir Awards ceremony.