Period drama is on its way… with a glimpse of Danish film A Royal Affair, directed by Nikolaj Arcel (screenwriter of the original Swedish version of Millenium) and co-produced by Lars Von Trier.
The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival winning both Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards. It also seems to have been critically acclaimed in the UK where it was released last June.
Denmark, 1766. Young Queen Caroline is married to mad King Christian VII. She falls in love with the King’s physician. In the background of this love affair and along with this transgression starts the ideological revolution of the Enlightenment, which defies the King’s conservative regime…
The film stars Mads Mikkelsen as Johann Friedrich Struensee or as… ‘the lover’. You might know him as the bad guy in Casino Royale, as any foreign actor with an accent in a James Bond movie who does not qualify to be a James Bond girl. He also starred in Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky and The Three Musketeers. You will soon see him in TV series Hannibal as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, another lovely character.
Next on the road to success: young and apparently quite talented actor Mikkel Boe Følsgaard as the mad King Christian, whose performance put the film on the spotlight at the Berlin Film Festival with his Best Actor award.
Wearing the least comfortable costume: Alicia Vikander as Queen Caroline Mathilde, who is also to be seen in Anna Karenina very soon.
The Best Screenplay Award was granted both to Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg who have been working together on several films.
The film will be released on November, 9 in the US and on November, 21 in France.