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WestEnd picks up thriller Bethlehem ahead of EFM

EXCLUSIVE: WestEnd picks up debut about a complex relationship between an Israeli secret services agent and a Palestinian teenager.

UK sales outfit WestEnd Films has acquired Israeli political thriller Bethlehem, Yuval Adler’s debut about a complex relationship between an Israeli secret services agent and his informant, a Palestinian teenager.

The pair’s loyalties are tested to the limit in the wake of a frantic siege when they are forced to decide whether to sacrifice each other or their causes.

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Producers are Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handlesman-Keren of Pie Films, Diana Elbaum, Sebastien Delloye of Entre Chien et Loup, Sonja Ewers, and Steve Hudson of Gringo Films.

Israeli actor-singer Tsahi Halevi and newcomer Sahdi Marei star while Footnote DoP Yaron Scharf handles cinematography. The film, which will be shopped at the EFM, is set for delivery at the end of 2012 and is currently in post-production.

WestEnd’s Israeli drama Footnote is among this year’s Foreign Language Oscar contenders.

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