A Royal Affair

A Royal Affair  {En kongelig affaere}
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A Royal Affair
En kongelig affaere
Denmark, 2012, 137 Minute Running Time
Topics: History, Romance
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Danish, English, German, French English Sub-Titles

Awards: Winner: Audience Award, AFI Fest

This compelling, character-driven costume drama illuminates a fascinating chapter in Danish history. British princess Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander, Kitty in Anna Karenina) arrives at the Danish court in 1766 as a naive teen bride, but she is crushed to discover that King Christian is mentally unstable and easily manipulated by the scheming Dowager Queen.

A reformist faction arranges the appointment of Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen), a German intellectual from the provinces, as physician to the pious court. His enlightened methods soothe the troubled king, who makes him his confidant and, eventually, chief minister. Caroline, too, warms to the visionary doctor. Soon they’re sharing more than books ¬¬ and rapidly proposing reforms that benefit peasants and serfs at the expense of the nobility.

Although rumours of their intimacy outrages the court, the idealistic Struensee fails to see that it is his challenge to entrenched interests that will spell his downfall.

“First rate. Ever so much more than a historical romance.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Winner: Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Berlin Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Nikolaj Arcel
Producer: Meta Louise Foldager, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Louise Vesth
Editor: Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, Kasper Leick
Screenwriter: Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
Cinematographer: Rasmus Videbæk
Music: Gabriel Yared, Cyrille Aufort
Principal Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Trine Dryholm, David Dencik
Filmography: Truth About Men (2010), Island of Lost Souls (2007), King’s Game (2004)

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