Damascus Cover

Damascus Cover is a 2017 political thriller film, directed by Daniel Zelik Berk, from a screenplay by Berk and Samantha Newton. It is based upon the 1977 novel of the same name by Howard Kaplan. It stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby, Jürgen Prochnow, Igal Naor, Navid Negahban and John Hurt. This proved to be Hurt's final film appearance before his death. The film was dedicated to his memory.

Damascus Cover
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDaniel Zelik Berk
Written by
  • Daniel Zelk Berk
  • Samantha Newton
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyChloë Thomson
Edited byMartin Brinkler
Music byHarry Escott
Production
companies
  • Xeitgeist Entertainment Group
  • Marcys Holdings
  • BBM
Distributed byVertical Entertainment
Release date
  • September 23, 2017 (2017-09-23) (Boston)
  • July 20, 2018 (2018-07-20) (United States)
Running time
93 minutes
Countries
  • United States
  • United Kingdom

The film had its world premiere at the Boston Film Festival on September 23, 2017. It was released on July 20, 2018, by Vertical Entertainment.

PlotEdit

Ari Ben-Sion, an Israeli spy posing as a German businessman named Hans Hoffmann in Berlin in 1989, must get an Israeli spy out of Syria but realizes that he is part of a much bigger plan.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

In February 2015, it was announced Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Igal Naor, Jürgen Prochnow, and Navid Negahban joined the cast of the film, with Daniel Zelik Berk directing from a screenplay he wrote alongside Samantha Newton, from the novel of the same name by Howard Kaplan. Hannah Leader will serve as a producer on the film.[1]

ReleaseEdit

The film had its world premiere at the Boston Film Festival on September 23, 2017.[2][3] Shortly after, Vertical Entertainment acquired distribution rights to the film.[4] The film was released on July 20, 2018.[5]

ReceptionEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 14% based on 21 reviews.[6] Metacritic gives it a weighted average score of 36 out of 100 based on reviews from 8 critics.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Robb, David (February 2, 2015). "Jonathan Rhys Meyers To Topline Moroccan-Set 'Damascus Cover'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "Damascus Cover". 33rd Boston Film Festival. Ticketleap. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  3. ^ Haring, Bruce (29 September 2017). "Final John Hurt Film, 'Damascus Cover', Tops Boston Film Fest With Six Awards". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  4. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (November 3, 2017). "Vertical Entertainment Nabs Spy Thriller 'Damascus Cover' Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers — AFM". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Billington, Alex (June 8, 2018). "First Trailer for 'Damascus Cover' with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as a Spy". First Showing. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Damascus Cover (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "Damascus Cover". Metacritic. Retrieved 2021-09-11.

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