A Royal Affair (en Kongelig AffÆr)

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel
  • Denmark
  • 128 minutes
  • 2012

Winner of best script and best male actor (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.

Centred on the love triangle that developed between the increasingly unbalanced King Kristián VII of Denmark (Følsgaard), his doctor Johann Struensee (Mikkelsen) and the young Queen Karolina Matylda (Vikander), Bafta nominated writer-director Nikolaj Arcel’s new film is a sweeping historical epic about love, loyalty and revolution.

Johann Struensee was a German-born physician who insinuated himself into Christian VII’s good graces, becoming his favourite and earning his trust, eventually becoming his private physician and a state counsellor. From this position of power, and against the backdrop of the King’s increased suffering from schizophrenia he began an affair with the young but strong queen, fathering her child and eventually becoming the de facto ruler of the kingdom.
The drama is the gripping tale of a brave idealist who believed in a free press and education for all who risks everything in pursuit of freedom for the people. Above all it is the story of a passionate and forbidden romance that changed an entire nation. - Rory Bonass, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard