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SCA21 The Exception

18+ 115 MIN
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An intense psychological thriller featuring four great Danish actresses: Danica Curcic (ScandiFF19 Out Stealing Horses, ScandiFF19 Department Q: The Absent One), Amanda Collin (ScandiFF19 Department Q: A Conspiracy of Faith), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen, also in this year’s Wildland) and Lene Maria Christensen (The Legacy). The Exception sees suspicion, fear and distrust contaminate professional and personal relationships.

Researcher Iben, her best friend Malene, librarian Anne-Lise and team administrator Camilla work together in a not-for-profit NGO in Copenhagen that specialises in genocide and crimes against humanity. When Iben and Malene each receive anonymous death threats, they initially suspect a Serbian war criminal whom they have recently publicly profiled. However, when a case of bullying in the office escalates, their suspicions start turning on each other and they begin to suspect that the sender is someone much closer to home.

Based upon the best-selling novel by Christian Jungersen, in this slick adaptation from Jesper W. Nielsen fuelled by strong performances and suspense, four brilliant actresses reveal the emotional abysses of not only of those who bully, but also of their victims.


WINNER – Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2020 – Valhalla Award 

NOMINEE – Bodil Awards 2021 – Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress 

NOMINEE – Danish Film Awards 2021 – Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress 


"Four great Danish actresses join forces in this intensely atmospheric psychological thriller steeped in stylish cinematography."

- Cineuropa

Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 6th July


115 min




Sidse Babett Knudsen, Amanda Collin, Danica Curcic, Lena Maria Christensen


Jesper W. Nielsen


Film Festival


Danish with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, Pentridge Cinema, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema