Ex-Kaiser at Heart of AJFF Selects’ ‘Exception’
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Ex-Kaiser at Heart of AJFF Selects’ ‘Exception’

The second screening in the monthly series is a World War II drama being shown June 22.

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival continues its monthly AJFF Selects series with the World War II drama “The Exception,” being shown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Regal Tara Cinemas 4.

The movie, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, is based on Alan Judd’s novel “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss” and stars Christopher Plummer as the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II.

The Exception” is the first movie Plummer did after starring as Holocaust survivor Zev Guttman in “Remember,” which opened the 2016 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

The plot focuses on the efforts of a Nazi officer, played by Jai Courtney, to uncover an Allied spy believed to be working on the staff of the palatial Dutch estate where Wilhelm is living out his final years while watching Germany’s revival and return to war.

Courtney’s character falls into a romance with a chambermaid who is hiding her Jewish identity, portrayed by Lily James. His loyalties are tested when the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, visits the former monarch.

Tickets for the screening are $13 and are available at ajff.org/exceptiontix.

The film is the second chosen for AJFF Selects, which launched in May with a sold-out screening of the Israeli romantic comedy “The Wedding Plan” at Lefont Sandy Springs. The series is helping to extend AJFF programming throughout the year with the same caliber of independent and foreign films as the winter festival shows each year.

“We’re privileged to continue bringing more of the world-class cinema that audiences have come to expect from us,” AJFF Executive Director Kenny Blank said.

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