On August 10th, 2018 The Operative (WT) by award-winning Israeli director Yuval Adler (Bethlehem) has wrapped in Cologne after 37 days of filming. Principal photography for this thriller was in Cologne, Israel, Bulgaria, Leipzig, Rheinbach, and at the MMC Studios.
Cannes best actress winner Diane Kruger (In the Fade, Troja, Inglorious Basterds) plays the lead role in this captivating spy thriller about loyalty and love. Emmy Award winner Martin Freeman (Sherlock, Black Panther, The Hobbit) and Canadian actor Cas Anvar (Source Code, Diana, Room) star alongside her.
The Operative (WT) follows the story of Rachel (Kruger), a rogue spy from Israel’s national intelligence force Mossad, vanishes without a trace while attending her father’s funeral in London. The only clue to her whereabouts is a cryptic phone call she places to her former handler Thomas (Freeman), who is then summoned from Germany to Israel by Mossad. Thomas must retrace her steps to determine what threats she may now pose to their operation, while also working to protect her.
Yuval Adler’s script is based on the Israeli bestseller “The English Teacher” by Yiftach Reicher Atir, a former Israeli intelligence officer who provides first-hand insight into the work of the Mossad. The DoP is Kolja Brandt who already worked for international productions like Colonia Dignidad and The Young Karl Marx.
Producers of the German-Israeli-French co-production include Viola Fügen and Michael Weber (Match Factory Productions), Eitan Mansuri and Jonathan Doweck (Spiro Films), Anne Carey (Archer Gray) and Jean Labadie (Le Pacte). Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game, Mudbound, Ben is Back) is executive producing.
In Germany, the feature film is co-produced by Dietmar Güntsche and Martin Rohé (Neue Bioskop Film) and Meike Savarin (Little Shark Entertainment).
The Operative (WT) is supported by Film und Medienstiftung NRW, DFFF, FFA Minitraité, MDM and the Israeli Film Fund (IFF).
In 2019, Weltkino Filmverleih will release the movie in Germany.
Photo: Diane Kruger, director Yuval Adler and Martin Freeman. Weltkino Filmverleih, © Wolfgang Ennenbach