Nikolaj Arcel

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Nicolaj Arcel
Born (1972-08-25) 25 August 1972 (age 46)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 2002–present

Nikolaj Arcel (born 25 August 1972) is a Danish filmmaker and screenwriter. He is best known for his 2012 film A Royal Affair which won two prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, as well as the 2017 American film The Dark Tower. He is based in Hollywood, where he is working on a feature adaptation of Don Winslow's The Power of the Dog[1] and a remake of Hitchcock's Rebecca for Dreamworks.[2]

Early life[edit]

Arcel was born and raised in Copenhagen. His mother, Libby Tata Arcel, is a psychologist from the Greek city Mytilene, on the island of Lesbos,[3] while his father, Arne Arcel, is an architect from Denmark.[4] His parents divorced when he was seven. His elder sister is actress Nastja Arcel. He attended Bernadotte School in Hellerup and secondary school at Øster Borgerdyd Gymnasium.[5] He then enrolled at the National Film School of Denmark from where he graduated as film director in 2001. His graduation project, the short film Woyzeck's Last Symphony, won the Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.[6]


Arcel made his debut in 2004 with the political thriller King's Game, which won him the award for Best Director at the Danish Film Academy Awards. It was followed by the adventure film Island of Lost Souls in 2007 and the generational comedy Truth About Men in 2010.[7]

After experiencing an international breakthrough with A Royal Affair, he moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in filmmaking there. He directed the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. The film began principal photography in early 2016 and was released on 4 August 2017.

Arcel will be directing the movie Fables for Warner Bros.[8]


Feature films[edit]



Short film[edit]

  • Woyzecks sidste symfoni (2001)

Television series[edit]


Academy Awards
Golden Globe Awards
Berlin International Film Festival
César Awards


  1. ^ "Oscar-Nommed 'A Royal Affair' Team Boards Epic Don Winslow Novel 'Power of the Dog'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 7 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Time to remake another Hitchcock film with A Royal Affair's Nicolai Arcel at the helm". Joblo Media Inc. Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  3. ^ den2radio. "Europaprofilen: "Med uddrivelsen i blodet – det lilleasiatiske traume i tre generationer " // den2radio". den2radio (in Danish). Archived from the original on 8 July 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Filminstruktør: Livet skylder mig en ny ungdom hvert tredje år". Politiken (in Danish). Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Music in film and literature". FilmPlatform. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Nicolaj Arcel receives Dreyer Award". AOK. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  8. ^ DC Comic 'Fables' Targeted for Film Adaptation With 'Royal Affair' Director (Exclusive) Archived 16 September 2017 at the Wayback Machine.

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