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The Exception

Special Screenings

US Premiere

USA, U.K. | 107 MINUTES | English |


Drama, Thriller, First Time Filmmaker
A riveting World War II thriller, The Exception follows stoic German soldier Stefan Brandt. tasked with investigating exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II, who is banished to a secluded Dutch estate as the Nazis begin their push into Holland. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life, looking to root out enemy spies, he finds himself unexpectedly drawn to a mysterious housemaid named Mieke. When Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, comes for an unexpected visit, secrets are revealed, allegiances tested, and Brandt is forced to make the ultimate choice between honoring his country and following his heart. Director David Leveaux sets his tale of thrilling espionage and romance against a sweeping wartime backdrop, bringing to vibrant life this story of one man caught between love and duty.

—Cara Cusumano

After the Premiere Screening: A conversation with director David Leveaux and actor Christopher Plummer.

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Directed by David Leveaux

David Leveaux is a five-time Tony®-nominated director working extensively on Broadway and in the West End. His considerable resume includes plays by Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Eugene O'Neill and musicals (amongst them “Nine” and “Fiddler on the Roof”). The Exception is his first feature film.
David Leveaux
Simon Burke
Roman Osin
Nicolas Gaster
Ilan Eshkeri
Lou Pitt, Judy Tossell
Christopher Plummer, Jai Courtney, Lily James, Janet McTeer, Eddie Marsan, Ben Daniels


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