Berlin/ Toronto: August, 2016 – Film House Germany are proud to announce that Egoli Tossell Film’s WWII spy drama THE EXCEPTION (fka THE KAISER’S LAST KISS) will celebrate its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The film is part of the festival’s Special Presentations section.
Starring Lily James (CINDERELLA), Jai Courtney (SUICIDE SQUAD, TERMINATOR GENISYS) and Academy Award ® winner Christopher Plummer (BEGINNERS) as the Kaiser and with a supporting cast that includes Golden Globe Winner and Academy Award nominated actress Janet McTeer (ALBERT NOBBS, TUMBLEWEEDS), Eddie Marsan (SHERLOCK HOLMES) and Ben Daniels (LOCKE, HOUSE OF CARDS, THE EXCEPTION is the highly anticipated film debut of acclaimed theatre director David Leveaux. Written by Simon Burke and based on the novel by Alan Judd, THE KAISER’S LAST KISS is an Egoli Tossell Film and Ostar Enterprises production in association with Alton Road Productions, Silver Reel, uMedia and Film House Germany. Lotus Entertainment is handling international sales with UTA negotiating domestic rights.
In THE KAISER’S LAST KISS, notions of duty and love of country are tested against the power of love itself. The 1940 invasion of Holland brings the Nazis face to face with their former monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm, who was exiled to the Netherlands in 1917. In an effort to thwart the Nazis, the Dutch resistance work covertly with Winston Churchill in inserting an agent into the Kaiser’s household. A lethally dangerous love affair ignites between a German officer and a young Jewish Dutch woman with consequences that neither they nor the Kaiser himself could have foreseen. As the Nazis race to identify and eliminate the agent, the threads of history conspire with the recklessness of the heart to dumbfound them.