Eran Riklis to direct thriller with Ben Kingsley

‘Spider in the Web’ is modern thriller, says acclaimed Israeli filmmaker.

January 31, 2018 21:11
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OSCAR-WINNER Sir Ben Kingsley will star as an aging espionage agent.

OSCAR-WINNER Sir Ben Kingsley will star as an aging espionage agent.. (photo credit: JEFF VESPA)


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Israeli director Eran Riklis will start filming the international spy thriller Spider in the Web in Europe in the spring.

It will star Oscar-winner Sir Ben Kingsley as an aging espionage agent whose superiors think he is no longer up to the job. When he gets some key information about a Middle East dictatorship buying chemical weapons, he hopes to get back in the game by tracking Angela (Monica Bellucci), an enigmatic woman who may hold the key to the mystery. But he is shadowed by a younger agent, played by Itay Tiran, who has starred in the Israeli television series Hostages and Mossad 101, as well as the movies Lebanon and Afterthought.

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Riklis directed the Shelter, which is currently in theaters, as well as a long list of Israeli and international films, including The Syrian Bride, Dancing Arabs and Lemon Tree.

Spider in the Web was written by Gidon Maron and Emmanuel Nakkache. Michael Sharfshtein of Topia Communications and Eran Riklis are producing the film, with Moshe and Leon Edery of United King Films, Jacqueline de Goeij for Cine Cri de Coeur, Sabine Brian and Ronald Versteeg for NL Films and Eyal Edery for Dragocom. Ira Riklis, Dana Lustig and Fabien Westerhoff are the executive producers.

Spider is an intimate story, depicting the complexities of trust, loyalty and betrayal. It explores my central, universal motifs of self-discovery and identity, in a modern thriller that reflects current geopolitics,” Riklis says.

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