Occupation on Film 'Bethlehem' Hits High Notes but Fails to Transcend Entertainment Value

Plot, direction, cast are all superb, but the feature film focuses on entertainment, personal drama without challenging audience to confront dilemmas of West Bank rule.

“Well made” is the adjective that best fits the movie “Bethlehem.” Last Friday, Yuval Adler’s first feature-length film opened the Israeli Film Competition, part of the 29th Haifa Film Festival, which started the day before. The film will be screened in movie theaters throughout the country beginning on Thursday.