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Damascus Cover (2017)

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A spy navigates the precarious terrain of love and survival during an undercover mission in Syria.


Daniel Zelik Berk


Daniel Zelik Berk (as Daniel Berk), Samantha Newton
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Credited cast:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Ari Ben-Sion / Hans Hoffmann
Olivia Thirlby ... Kim
John Hurt ... Miki
Jürgen Prochnow ... Franz Ludin
Navid Negahban ... Sarraj
Tsahi Halevi ... Rami Elon
Wolf Kahler ... Colonel Ludwig Streicher
Igal Naor ... General Fuad
Selva Rasalingam ... Sabri
Neta Riskin ... Yael
Herzl Tobey ... Ehud
Shani Aviv ... Rachel
Ben Affan ... Mustapha
Aki Avni ... Shaul
Hassani Shapi ... Syrian Trade Minister


A spy navigates the precarious terrain of love and survival during an undercover mission in Syria.

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Plot Keywords:

spy | mossad | israel | west germany | syria | See All (9) »


Trust No One See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 July 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operación en Damasco See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Cover Films,H Films See more »
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Based on the novel of the same name by Howard Kaplan. See more »


Despite taking place in 1989 there are modern cars in the backgrounds of several shots. See more »


Ari Ben-Sion: [Voice over] I moved to Israel from Germany when I was a child. I did not adjust well. I was sent to more psychiatrists than I could count. I learned how to tell them what they wanted to hear.
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Featured in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 2 March 2018 (2018) See more »


Written and performed by James Edward Barker
Published by Brighter Headache
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Really Enjoyed this film and beautifully shot!
25 July 2018 | by boohcochraneSee all my reviews

I love this genre of spy film, and enjoyed it all the more in this film where the performances are so strong. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is brooding and excellent as a German businessman who is really an Israeli spy. John Hurt, (in one of his last roles) as the head of Israeli Intelligence and Navid Negahban as the head of Syrian Intelligence, present carefully crafted characters who personify both the internal struggles and moral compromises of those who seek to do good (Hurt) as well as those who so well capture in both their look and actions the banality of evil (Negahban). The story, about an Israeli spy who has shut down because of personal loss and is caught in a cycle of betrayal as he struggles to succeed on a mission during the early 90's in Damascus, Syria, which appears to be set up to fail, is well crafted and kept me guessing until the end.

Admittedly, I look out for this kind of film, especially one set in the Middle East which offers such a stark glimpse into a region of the world beset by literally thousands of years of conflict and distrust. But the film, directed with admirable restraint and subtlety by Daniel Zelik Berk, also shows the real beauty and possibility of this region, and Rhys Meyers should receive kudos for his strong but guarded portrait of the lead character, Ari Ben-Sion, whose own pain from the loss of his young son drives him further and further into his cover as a spy, which he comes to realize is no safe or fulfilling life for anyone to have. Excellent cinematography and score.

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