Danish Royal Drama Contending for Oscar

A Royal Affair
Danish movie A Royal Affair announced for the Academy Awards nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
Friday, January 11, 2013

It's a full-blown, nerve racking and fascinating, historic drama. It takes place at a time in Denmark when men were wearing tights and wigs. That was when Danish politics were at the will of a sovereign, but schizophrenic, monarch and words like ‘coup d’état’ and ‘democracy’ were whispered in the castle corridors. But what makes this Oscar contending story even better is that the story is actually true.

The Danish film A Royal Affair is based on the story of the triangle love drama that took place between Denmark's insane King Christian 7, his wife Queen Caroline Mathilde and their German physician Johan Friedrich Struensee. This year the movie was nominated for an Oscar in the category Best Foreign Language Film.

The film has already won two Silver Bears at the Berlin International Film Festival. In the film, which stars Denmark's number one international actor Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Clash of the Titans) in the role as the idealistic Struensee, the Queen has a passionate love affair with her physician who is also the King’s confidant. The affair has fatal consequences for both their lives and the Danish nation.

A Royal Affair takes place at the Danish royal court in 18th Century Copenhagen. You can still visit the many places in Copenhagen and surroundings, where the dramatic true story played out; the Christiansborg Palace, home of King Christian 7 and today housing the Danish parliament, and the Kronborg Castle in Elsinore (also known as Hamlet’s castle in Shakespeare’s novel) where Queen Caroline Mathilde was in house arrest.

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