The Operative

Die Agentin
Rachel, who is actually called something else, speaks several languages fluently and is at home everywhere and nowhere. Perfect qualifications for an agent, according to the Israeli foreign intelligence service Mossad that recruits her. Her liaison officer Thomas holds her in high esteem; operational command in Israel is also convinced and so Rachel is sent to Tehran on an undercover mission. Fascinated by this foreign country, she carefully blends in with everyday life on the ground and starts an affair with a businessman, Farhad, the man she has been instructed to spy on. But her missions become more and more demanding and dangerous until she finally decides to quit. She leaves a cryptic message for Thomas, who must now find her before she can become a threat to Israel.
Diane Kruger is consistently compelling as the Mossad agent at the centre of this convoluted plot, which traverses a number of countries and periods. Based on the novel by Yiftach Reicher Atir, himself a former Israeli secret service employee, director and scriptwriter Yuval Adler unfolds an exciting espionage thriller about the question of one’s own identity.
by Yuval Adler
with Diane Kruger, Martin Freeman, Cas Anvar
Germany / Israel / France / USA 2019 English,  Hebrew,  Farsi,  Subtitles: German,  English 120’ Colour World premiere


  • Diane Kruger (Rachel)
  • Martin Freeman (Thomas)
  • Cas Anvar (Farhad)


DirectorYuval Adler
ScreenplayYuval Adler, based on the novel ‘The English Teacher’ by Yiftach Reicher Atir
CinematographyKolja Brandt
EditingHansjörg Weißbrich
MusicFrank Ilfman
Sound DesignMichael Kaczmarek, Frank Schubert
SoundMiroslav Babić
Production DesignYoel Herzberg
CostumesHamada Atallah, Verena Reuter-Züll
Make-upRené Jordan
Assistant DirectorEsther Rauch
CastingEmmanuelle Mayer
Line ProducerSebastian Fröhlich, Kfir Weiss
ProducersEitan Mansuri, Anne Carey, Jonathan Doweck, Viola Fügen, Michael Weber, Jean Labadie, Yuval Adler
Executive ProducersTeddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman, Michael Heimler, Amy Nauiokas, Ephraim Gildor, Avi Nir
Co-producersMichel Merkt, for KNM, Dietmar Güntsche, Martin Rohé, Meike Savarin, Jamal Zeinal Zade, for Bord Cadre Films, Dan Wechsler, for Bord Cadre Films, Jim Stark, for Bord Cadre Films
Co-productionNeue Bioskop Film, Leipzig
Little Shark Entertainment, Köln

Produced by

Match Factory Productions

Köln, Germany

+49 221 5397090

Spiro Films

Tel Aviv, Israel

Archer Gray

New York, USA

Mountain Trail Films

New York, USA

Le Pacte

Paris, France

+33 1 44695954

World sales

Endeavor Content

Los Angeles, USA

Yuval Adler

The screenwriter and director studied maths at Tel Aviv University and then graduated with a PhD in philosophy from Columbia University in New York, where he also studied sculpture and photography. His work featured in several art exhibitions before he turned his full attention to film. His debut feature film Bethlehem celebrated its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival where it won the Venice Days award for Best Film. It also won six Israeli Film Academy awards as well as being Israel’s entry for the Oscars. The Operative is his second feature film.


2013 Bethlehem 2019 The Operative (Die Agentin)

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