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by Nikolaj Arcel


Johann Friedrich Struensee, town physician and doctor to the poor of Altona – then governed by the King of Denmark – accompanies his monarch in 1768 on the latter’s year-long trip around Europe. During the journey, he gains the trust of the psychologically unstable king and is made his personal physician. But Struensee wants more: together with Queen Caroline Mathilde, who falls in love with the handsome and assertive medic, he increasingly takes over state affairs. Committed to the grand ideas of European enlightenment, he implements freedom of the press and of expression, abolishes torture and serfdom, reforms the school system and curtails the privileges of the aristocracy.

international title: A Royal Affair
original title: En kongelig affære
country: Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic
sales agent: TrustNordisk
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Nikolaj Arcel
film run: 128'
release date: DK 29/03/2012, EE 30/30/2012, SE 13/04/2012, DE 19/04/2012, AT 04/05/2012, IE 15/06/2012, GB 15/06/2012, NL 23/08/2012, IS 31/08/2012, NO 14/09/2012, BE 19/09/2012, PL 21/09/2012, RO 28/09/2012, FR 21/11/2012, LU 21/11/2012, HU 22/11/2012, SI 10/12/2012, GR 21/02/2013, ES 01/03/2013, LV 15/03/2013, IT 29/08/2013
screenplay: Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Trine Dyrholm, David Dencik, Bent Mejding, Cyron Melville
cinematography by: Rasmus Videbæk
film editing: Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, Kasper Leick
art director: Niels Sejer
costumes designer: Manon Rasmussen
music: Gabriel Yared, Cyrille Aufort
producer: Louise Vesth, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Meta Louise Foldager
production: Zentropa Entertainments, Danmarks Radio, Trollhättan Film AB, Film i Väst, Sveriges Television AB - SVT, Sirena Film
backing: Danish Film Institute, Czech Film Commission, MDM Leipzig Film Fund, Nordisk Film & TV Fond
distributor: Nordisk Film Distribution, Aerofilms, Best Film, Elite Film AG, Estinfilm OÜ, Filmladen, Golem Distribución, Independenta Film, MFA Filmdistribution, September Film Distribution, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, Cinemania group d.o.o., Metrodome Distribution, Abc Distribution, Jour2fête, Chrysalis Films, Forum Cinema, Academy Two


main awards/selection

Berlinale 2012In Competition, Best Actor (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), Best Script
Telluride Film Festival 2012
Toronto International Film Festival 2012
Hamptons International Film Festival 2012
São Paulo International Film Festival 2012
Arras Film Festival 2012
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2013
Guadalajara Film Festival 2013
Ekenäs Film Fest 2013
Skopje Film Festival 2013

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