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Not to stereotype or anything, but royals often are brought down by scandals stemming from affairs of the heart. So goes the case of the aptly titled A Royal Affair, director Nikolaj Arcel’s account of a Danish love affair that ripped a nation in half during the late 1760s. Affair has a stellar cast, which we’ll dive into after sharing the first official trailer:
Magnolia Pictures will distribute this period drama, which boasts sumptuous historical design and what look to be riveting performances by the three leads. Arcel’s story is a simple love triangle between an insane king (Mikkel Boe Folsgaard), his trusted physician (Mads Mikkelsen), and the queen (Alicia Vikander) who wins both of their hearts. But Royal Affair is based on the all-too-true story of the doomed doctor Count Johann Friedrich Struensee (Mikkelsen’s character), who possibly impregnated Queen Carolina Matilda, bringing shame to Denmark’s throne.
Though Arcel has directed a few titles over the course of his career – notably Truth About Men and 2007’s Island of Lost Souls -- he’s best known for co-writing the screenplay for the original, Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for director Niels Arden Oplev. He looks to bring a steady hand to the scandalous Royal Affair, and adding Mikkelsen to any ensemble always helps.
Those who track the annual Oscar race will note that A Royal Affair picked up two key awards at the Berlin Film Festival: Best Actor (for Mikkelsen) and Best Screenplay. It also was nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear. Is it awards-worthy? Find out for yourself when it begins screening in U.S. theaters on Nov. 9.