Eran Riklis’ drama [pictured] premiered at Toronto and will have its US premiere at AFI Fest in November.

Bedlam Productions and Far Films have announced that Zaytoun will be released in the UK through Artificial Eye on Dec 26.

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Eran Riklis’ drama about an unlikely alliance between a 12-year-old Palestinian refugee and an Israeli figither pilot premiered in Toronto and receives its US premiere on Nov 7 at AFI Fest. The film was the first to utilise the newly ratified UK-Israel co-production treaty.

Pathe is handling international sales at AFM and will also distribute in France, with deals already in place for Israel (United King), Germany & Austria (Senator/Telepool), Japan (CCC) and Poland (Kino Swiat).

Producers Gareth Unwin and Fred Ritzenberg commented: “Artificial Eye have made a name for themselves in their expert handling of a number of remarkable titles in recent times. We very much look forward to getting Zaytoun out to the British public working with this wonderful distributor”.