Synopsis

In the mid-18th century, English princess Caroline Mathilda is due to be married to King Christian VII of Denmark. Keen to be a dutiful wife and Queen, Caroline's hopes are soon dashed when she discovers the King's true madness - but then she finds herself enraptured by the King's physician who also happens to be a radical libertarian. They embark upon a passionate love affair that would not only shake their own lives but bring the kingdom to the brink of revolution. Starring Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander, the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair is a bold, sumptuous tale of illicit love and political passion on a sweeping, epic scale.

Director

Nikolaj Arcel
Director's statement: A Royal Affair is based on one of the most dramatic events in Danish and indeed European history; whenever I used to pitch the film to foreign investors, people had a hard time believing that the story was true, that these momentous events had actually happened in the late 1700s. In Denmark however, it is taught in school, more than 15 books have been written about it (both factual and fictional) and there has even been an opera and a ballet. I feel honoured and extremely lucky to finally bring the full story to the screen. Tonally, I was inspired by the great epics from the 40s and 50s where films would often feel like literary works, structured around characters and the passage of time, and not clearly following the obvious screenplay roadmaps. But my creative team and I were also fired up by the idea of bringing the Scandinavian historical drama into the new century. We wanted to achieve this by adhering to a self imposed rule; we didn’t want to 'show' history, didn’t want to dwell pointlessly on the big official events, the fancy dresses and hairdos, or the way the food was served. Rather, we wanted people to simply experience the story through the eyes of the characters, taking the 1760s for granted. Even though the period is obviously there in the set designs, the costumes it was filmed and edited as we would have filmed and edited a film taking place in modern Copenhagen. Finally, Gabriel Yared and Cyrille Aufort’s beautiful score has brought the film full circle, and home to its epic roots.

Details

Production year: 2012 DVD catalogue number: ART819DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART207BD

Awards

2013 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
2013 Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
Winner of the 2012 Berlin Silver Bear for Best Actor and Best Screenplay


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Now available on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

GENRE: Biography, Drama, Romance

CERTIFICATE: 15

DIRECTOR: Nikolaj Arcel

DURATION: 132 Mins

COUNTRIES: Denmark, Germany, Sweden

LANGUAGES: English, French, Danish, German

AWARDS:
2013 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
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Reviews


  • “Sensational... Arcel gives this true story the shape and bite of a well-crafted fiction”

    Robbie Collin, The Telegraph


  • “A feast of a film... looks sumptuous and contains meaty, provocative ideas”

    Marshall Fine, The Huffington Post


  • “Mikkelsen is well-cast as a strong leading man who is also convincing as an intellectual and reformer”

    Roger Ebert


  • “A voluptuous slice of historical drama... highly entertaining and enjoyably educational”

    Anna Smith, Empire

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