“Damascus Cover” not affected by Relativity’s bankruptcy filings

LONDON — A spokesperson for sales company Carnaby International has confirmed that espionage thriller “Damascus Cover,” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John Hurt, is not one of the “casualties” of Relativity Media’s decision to file for Chapter 11.

“As an official representative of the film, I can confirm that there are no contractual commitments in place between these two parties and the film is still in pre-sale negotiations with buyers worldwide,” said Carnaby’s press representative, Hayley Hamburg, director of Rave PR. Hamburg issued the statement Monday in response to “inaccurate reports” in a trade publication, not Variety, and the BBC. Both erroneous reports have been corrected.

At the Cannes Film Festival, “Damascus Cover” went to South Africa’s Crystal Brook, India’s Empire Networks, Vietnam’s Vistcom and China’s HGC. At Berlin, it had been sold to Gulf Films (Middle East), PT Prima Cinema (Indonesia), Flins y Piniculas (Spain), Discovery (former Yugoslavia) and KRU Group (Malaysia). Discussions with North American distributors are on-going. The film will have its industry premiere at the American Film Market in November.

Set in 1989, the pic focuses on a veteran spy sent undercover in Syria to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of Damascus.

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