Denmark, 2012, 131’, in Danish and English with English Subtitles
With: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
It begins with a 15-year-old princess, Caroline who’s being traded in marriage to a king. Caroline is cultured and educated, while her betrothed is mad King Christian VII of Denmark, a petulant pea-brained ninny. Caroline resigns herself to her fate until doctor – and radical thinker – Johann Friedrich Struensee is appointed as the king’s personal physician. The pair embarks on an illicit affair and, with the king as their puppet, plot to take Denmark from the Dark Ages to enlightened utopia, one edict at a time.
Nikolaj Arcel was born in 1972 in Denmark and has graduated in 2001 from the National Film School of Denmark. His graduation film Woyzeck’s Last Symphony won top awards in Munich and Clermont-Ferrand. He wrote the screenplay for the award-winning children’s film Catch That Girl (2002). His films include his debut Kings Game (2004), which was seen by over a fifth of the population in Denmark and Island of Lost Souls (2007), a winner in Chicago, Leeds and at the Danish Film Academy Robert Awards. Arcel teamed up with screenwriter Rasmus Heisterberg to write the scripts for the animated feature Journey to Saturn (2008) and Niels Arden Oplev’s Swedish film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), as well as Arcel’s third feature Truth about Men (2010). His acclaimed film A Royal Affair has swept over 15 international awards including 2 at the Berlin Film Festival where it premiered in 2012, and was nominated for the Oscars and the Golden Globes the same year.