A Royal Affair
|A Royal Affair|
|Directed by||Nikolaj Arcel|
|Produced by||Meta Louise Foldager
Sisse Graum Jørgensen
|Screenplay by||Rasmus Heisterberg
|Based on||Prinsesse af blodet
by Bodil Steensen-Leth
|Music by||Cyrille Aufort
|Editing by||Kasper Leick
Mikkel E.G. Nielsen
Trollhättan Film AB
Film i Väst
|Distributed by||Nordisk Film Distribution|
|Running time||137 minutes|
A Royal Affair (Danish: En kongelig affære) is a 2012 historical drama film directed by Nikolaj Arcel, starring Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander and Mikkel Følsgaard. The story is set in the 18th century, at the court of the mentally ill King Christian VII of Denmark, and focuses on the romance between his wife, Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, and the royal physician Struensee.
The film received two Silver Bears at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards. It was also nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 70th Golden Globe Awards.
- Mads Mikkelsen as Johann Friedrich Struensee
- Alicia Vikander as Caroline Matilda of Great Britain
- Mikkel Følsgaard as Christian VII of Denmark
- David Dencik as Ove Høegh-Guldberg
- Søren Malling as Hartmann
- Trine Dyrholm as Juliana Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
- William Jøhnk Nielsen as Frederick VI of Denmark
- Cyron Bjørn Melville as Enevold Brandt
- Rosalinde Mynster as Natasha
- Laura Bro as Louise von Plessen
- Bent Mejding as J.H.E. Bernstorff
- Thomas W. Gabrielsson as Schack Carl Rantzau
- Søren Spanning as Münster
- John Martinus as Ditlev Reventlow
- Erika Guntherová as Hofdame
- Harriet Walter as Augusta of Saxe-Gotha
- Klaus Tange as Minister
Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg started the writing process by reading the 1999 novel The Visit of the Royal Physician by Per Olov Enquist, which is based on the events surrounding Johann Friedrich Struensee's time at the Danish court. The exclusive film rights for the novel were already sold to a company which had been struggling for over a decade to make a large-scale adaptation in English, and did not want to sell the rights to Zentropa. Research continued and the film was eventually credited as based on Bodil Steensen-Leth's erotic novel Prinsesse af blodet, which tells the story from the perspective of the queen, Caroline Mathilde. The film's perspective and characterisation did still remain highly influenced by Enquist's version, in particular in the portrayal of Struensee as an idealistic promoter of freedom of speech, the romantic view of the royal court as an ironical charade and the role of the queen as a revolutionary partner-in-crime to Struensee. To avoid conflicts about rights, Enquist was contacted to clarify some instances of what he had made up and what was based on documented events, and a person was employed specifically to compare the screenplay and the novel to guarantee that they were dissimilar enough.
The film was produced by Zentropa and is a co-production among Denmark, Sweden and the Czech Republic. It had a budget of 46 million Danish kroner. Before settling on the final title, the film had the production titles Dronningen og livlægen ("The queen and the royal physician"), based in part on the title of Enquist's book, and Caroline Mathildes år ("Caroline Mathilde's years").
The film has been met with critical acclaim. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 89% based on 92 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10, while Metacritic gives a weighted average rating of 73 based on reviews from 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews ."
|2013||Academy Awards||Best Foreign Language Film||A Royal Affair||Nominated|
|2012||62nd Berlin International Film Festival||Golden Bear||Nikolaj Arcel||Nominated|
|Best Script||Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg||Won|
|Best Actor||Mikkel Følsgaard||Won|
|2012||Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award||Best Foreign Language Film||A Royal Affair||Nominated|
|2012||Phoenix Film Critics Society Award||Best Costume Design||Manon Rasmussen||Pending|
|Best Foreign Language Film||A Royal Affair||Pending|
|2012||Satellite Award||Best Foreign Language Film||A Royal Affair||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Manon Rasmussen||Won|
|Best Art Direction and Production Design||Niels Sejer||Nominated|
|2012||Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards||Best Foreign Language Film||A Royal Affair||Nominated|
|2013||Golden Globe Award||Best Foreign Language Film||A Royal Affair||Nominated|
- The Dictator, a 1935 film about the same events
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- List of Danish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
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