Magazine article Screen International

A Royal Affair

Magazine article Screen International

A Royal Affair

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TrustNordisk were in Cannes selling Zentropa's epic real life historical love story starring Mads Mikkelssen and Alicia Vikander.

Synopsis: Based on the true story of Johann Struensee, a German advisor to the schizophrenic King Kristián VII, who had an affair with the queen, fathering her child and becoming the de facto ruler of the kingdom.Director: Nikolaj ArcelWriters: Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus HeisterbergProducers: Meta Louise Foldager and Sisse Graum Jorgensen for ZentropaCast: Mads Mikkelssen, Alicia VikanderFilming locations: Czech RepublicShooting dates: March - May 2011International sales: TrustNordiskDistributors: US (Magnolia Pictures), Australia/New Zealand (Madman)

Zentropa wrapped principal photography May 12 on historical Danish-language romance A Royal Affair, directed by Nikolaj Arcel from a screenplay he wrote with his Girl With The Dragon Tattoo collaborator Rasmus Heisterberg.

Mad Mikkelsen stars in the film, based on historical events. In 18th century Denmark, Johann Struensee, a German advisor to the schizophrenic King Kristián VII, became de facto ruler of the kingdom as well as the queen's lover and the father to her child. Mikkesen describes the project as "the most romantic and dramatic film I've ever done,"

"This is the biggest and most spectacular love story in the history of Denmark," executive producer Peter Albaek Jensen told Screen. …

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