Actor Mads Mikkelsen, who will receive an honorary award at the European Film Awards on 3 December, is starring in the new Danish historical epic drama "A Royal Affair" with expected domestic release March 2012. A story about the dramatic love affair and political aspirations of Queen Caroline Matilda and Johann Struensee, the German physician of the deranged King Christian VII of Denmark.
A controversial reformist
In this crucial chapter of Danish history, Caroline and Johann dream of a better world for the populace, and through Johann's influence on the King's governance, the power of the aristocracy is diminished and reforms introduced. But it is only a matter of time before the courtiers regain a hold on their King.
Mikkelsen stars as Johann Struensee, and the queen is played by Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, who was Shooting Star in last year’s Berlin Film Festival and has landed parts in the Hollywood productions "The Seventh Son" and "Anna Karenina" by Joe Wright.
"A Royal Affair" is directed by Nikolaj Arcel, screenwriter of Stieg Larsson’s "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" – an accomplishment for which he earned a BAFTA nomination in 2011. He has won numerous prizes for features such as "King’s Game" (2004), "The Island of Lost Souls" (2007) and "Truth About Men" (2010).
International sales are handled by TrustNordisk, and "A Royal Affair" has already been purchased by major distributors in the US, Australia and UK and secured theatrical releases in Germany, Austria, Benelux, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Turkey and China.