The Operative

The second feature from Yuval Adler (Bethlehem), “The Operative” is based on the novel “The English Teacher” written by former Israel intelligence officer Yiftach Reicher Atir.


The film follows the story of Rachel (Kruger), a rogue spy from Israel’s feared 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. With Rachel’s life immersed in her assignments as part of a vast espionage effort against Iran’s nuclear program, Thomas must retrace her steps to determine what threats she may now pose to their operation, while also working to protect her.



69th Berlin International Film Festival, Competition, 2019




Diane Kruger, Martin Freeman, Cas Anvar


Screenplay: Yuval Adler
Cinematography: Kolja Brandt
Editing: Hansjörg Weissbrich
Producers: Viola Fügen, Anne Carey, Michael Weber, Eitan Mansuri,
Co-Producers: Jim Stark, Jamal Zeinal-Zade, Dan Wechsler
Associate Producers: Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal Zade, Jim Stark

Technical Data

Format: DCP / colour / 5.1
Runtime: 116′
Released: 2019
Language: English, Arabic
Subtitles: English, French, German