A Royal Affair is a beautiful new film that documents the most dramatic love story in the history of Denmark, that took place in the early 1770s.
Director Nikolaj Arcel brings us the powerful story of the illicit love affair between the English-born Queen of Denmark, Caroline Mathilda and the physician of her husband, King Christian VII, Johan Struensee. There have been several screen adaptations of the emotional drama, however this is the first time that it has reached the silver screen.
The film stars Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, who James Bond fans will recognise as the baddie, Le Chiffre, in Casino Royale, and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (The Crown Jewels, Pure). It also features Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, who won Best Male Actor at the Berlinale (Berlin’s International Film Festival) for his performance.
Director Nikolaj Arcel has a good track record of award-winning features behind him, including the 2007 adventure The Island of Lost Souls and the 2004 thriller King’s Game. Mr Arcel has even been nominated for the Nordic Film Council Prize for his 2010 drama-comedy Truth about Men, which is the most prestigious film prize in Scandinavia. If you need another reason to look forward to A Royal Affair, Mr Arcel also wrote the screenplay for the 2009 Swedish adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.Pretty much all you need to know, right?
The film comes out on 15th June and you can check out the poster and trailer below: