1 INT. CARGO PLANE. MILITARY AIRBASE. ISRAEL - DAY 1
A strange ROARING sound...
CLOSE ON A YOUNG WOMAN
...in darkness. Light begins to spill on her from the right
-revealing her face, lost in thought. This is RACHEL
SINGER - pretty, painfully young looking. A surgical
dressing covers half her face.
As we pull back a little we see that two YOUNG MEN sit
either side of her. They are STEPHAN GOLD (thirties) thickset,
capable, and DAVID PERETZ (late twenties), dark-haired
The three faces in the darkness, each looking straight
ahead - something from a Caravaggio painting.
The roaring, which we realise is the sound of ENGINES,
gradually runs down into silence.
The light from the bay door which is opening off-screen
begins to flood the scene with HARSH DAYLIGHT, revealing
the inside of a CARGO PLANE.
Stephan turns to look at the growing light. Then he turns
He stands. Rachel turns to look at David but he is standing
too, his face a mask.
Rachel gathers herself, then stands and turns to follow the
other two, walking towards the light.
As the three approach the opening and descend the ramp of
the bay door, we hear a woman’s voice:
We should never forget how young
EXT. AIRBASE RUNWAY. ISRAEL - DAY
TRACKING THE THREE
...as they walk across the tarmac - first Stephan...
FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT WITH PINK AMENDMENTS - 26.03.09 2.
My father, Stephan Gold, was the
youngest Unit Commander in
David is next...
David Peretz had his twenty-ninth
birthday while on the mission.
My mother was even younger. Only
Silhouetted against the bright light is a group of waiting
MILITARY and MOSSAD DIGNITARIES. Their hands are raised in
SARAH (V.O.) (CONT’D)
Despite their youth they’d had
the courage to confront an
The three walk towards their welcoming party. Rachel blinks
against the sunlight, takes out a pair of sunglasses and
slips them on.
2 OMITTED 2
3 INT. FUNCTION ROOM. HOTEL NEAR TEL AVIV - DAY 3
CLOSE ON OLDER RACHEL
...now 56. Handsome, impeccably groomed. A long crooked
SCAR runs down one side of her face.
...a man whose sadistic
experiments left thousands
disfigured or dead, who became
known by a name which defiles the
annals of medicine: The Surgeon
She’s wearing tinted glasses, staring at us, listening to
FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT WITH PINK AMENDMENTS - 26.03.09 3.
Rachel’s daughter - SARAH - stands at a podium, reading the
Dedication to a rather large audience who have come for the
launch of her first book.
She’s 31, and clearly her mother’s daughter.
The cover image from the book is projected on a screen
behind Sarah - a black and white photograph of a young
Rachel, David and Stephan. Above their faces, the title -
In Our Hands.
Their mission had been to return
him to Israel to stand trial.
Instead it ended with his death
on the streets of East Berlin...
4 EXT. MILITARY AIRBASE. ISRAEL - DAY - THE PAST 4
CLOSE ON YOUNG RACHEL
...as she waits behind David and Stephan, face bleached out
by the sunlight. She stares at the ground.
But this was not what was
celebrated. It was their youth
itself that became a symbol. Here
were the children who had faced
Israel’s greatest nightmare, her