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A Royal Affair -- A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Alicia Vikander ... Caroline Mathilde

Mads Mikkelsen ... Johann Friedrich Struensee

Mikkel Boe Følsgaard ... Christian VII

Trine Dyrholm ... Juliane Marie

David Dencik ... Ove Høegh-Guldberg

Thomas W. Gabrielsson ... Schack Carl Rantzau

Cyron Melville ... Enevold Brandt (as Cyron Bjørn Melville)
Bent Mejding ... J. H. E. Bernstoff

Harriet Walter ... Augusta - Princess of Wales

Laura Bro ... Louise von Plessen

Søren Malling ... Hartmann
Jakob Ulrik Lohmann ... Juliane's Officer
Søren Spanning ... Munter
Frederik Christian Johansen ... Arveprinsen
John Martinus ... Reventlow
Rosalinde Mynster ... Marie
Nikol Kouklová ... Stovlet-Catherine
Egob Nielsen ... Mounti
Michaela Horká ... Bordelmutter
Alzbeta Jenická ... Bondekone
Anna Stiborová ... Sophie Livernet

William Jøhnk Nielsen ... Frederik VI (15 yrs) (as William Jøhnk Juel Nielsen)
Julia Wentzel Olsen ... Louise Augusta - 12 yrs
Frank Rubæk ... Minister

Klaus Tange ... Minister

Petr Janis ... Minister

Karin Rørbeck ... Juliane's Lady in Waiting
Josefine Højbjerg Bitsch ... Juliane's ladies-in-waitng
Zinnini Elkington ... Rantzau's Maid

Morten Holst ... Lord Chamberlain
Karel Polisenský ... Old Doctor
Eva Sitta ... English Lady-in-waiting

Ivan G'Vera ... German Doctor
Kristian Fjord ... The Fidget
Daniel Bambas ... Hamlet
Tereza Terberova ... Caroline's housemaid
Jan Krafka ... Nightwatcher
Peter Varga ... Nightwatcher
Ivan Vodochodský ... Noble Gentleman
Lukas Kral ... Officer
Nora Rajnochova ... Prostitute
Jakub Albrecht ... Doctor - smallpox
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenneth M. Christensen ... (voice)

Erika Guntherová ... Hofdame

Mads Hjulmand ... Hamlet Actor (voice)
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Directed by
Nikolaj Arcel 
 
Writing credits
Bodil Steensen-Leth (novel "Prinsesse af blodet")

Rasmus Heisterberg (screenplay) and
Nikolaj Arcel (screenplay)

Produced by
Jessica Ask .... co-producer
Karen Bentzon .... line producer
Dorissa Berninger .... line producer: Dresden
Gillian Berrie .... co-producer
Anna Duffield .... co-producer
Madeleine Ekman .... co-producer
Meta Louise Foldager .... producer
Peter Garde .... executive producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... executive producer
Sisse Graum Jørgensen .... producer
Kristina Kornum .... line producer
Maria Köpf .... co-producer
Elin Lennartsson .... line producer: Sweden
Pavel Muller .... co-producer
Pavel Muller .... line producer
René Nielsen .... assistant producer
Charlotte Pedersen .... co-producer
Martin Persson .... co-producer
Louise Vesth .... producer
Lars von Trier .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Cyrille Aufort 
Gabriel Yared 
 
Cinematography by
Rasmus Videbæk 
 
Film Editing by
Kasper Leick 
Mikkel E.G. Nielsen 
 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
 
Production Design by
Niels Sejer 
 
Art Direction by
Martin Kurel (supervising art director)
 
Costume Design by
Manon Rasmussen 
 
Makeup Department
Linda Eisenhamerova .... makeup artist (hair stylist) (as Linda Dvorakova)
Judith Kröher .... additional makeup artist
Billie Rüse .... additional makeup artist
Bobo Sobotka .... additional makeup artist
Ivo Strangmüller .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bára Adamová .... production manager (as Barbora Adamová)
Søren Frimodt-Møller .... unit manager
Dorissa Berninger .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kathleen Hänisch .... additional second assistant director
Matej Les .... third assistant director
Martin Pavlacky .... second assistant director
Tomas Pavlacky .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
David Adam .... stand-by construction
Jana Buriankova .... art department interpreter (as Jana Buriánková)
Tomas Cerny .... set construction coordinator (as Tomás Cerny)
Jiri Dusek .... prop buyer (as Jirí Dusek)
Jan Gavenda .... historical reconstruction
Tomas Hais .... propman on set (as Tomás Hais)
Nikola Hanysová .... prop assistant
Lukás Helcl .... stand-by construction
Anders Huulgaard .... storyboard artist
Albert Kurel .... prop assistant
Jiri Macke .... propmaster (as Jirí Macke)
Lukas Maslo .... assistant set decorator (as Lukás Máslo)
Karel Pomahac .... stand-by construction
Vaclav Pomahac .... construction stand-by (as Václav Pomahac)
Petr Pomohac .... construction stand-by
Petr Richter .... propman on set
Veronika Skorepova .... art department coordinator (as Veronika Skorepová)
Vladimir Stastny .... swing gang (as Vladimír Stastny)
Daniel Tisl .... propman
Michal Turner .... construction stand-by
David Voborsky .... draftsman
 
Sound Department
Hans Christian Arnt Torp .... post-production sound recordist
Katharina Bormann .... post sound facility coordinator
Petr Cechák .... production sound mixer
Hans Christian Kock .... sound designer and re-recording mixer
Claus Lynge .... sound designer and re-recording mixer
Roman Rigo .... boom operator
James Shannon .... dolby sound consultant
Kasper Juhl .... dubbing (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jeppe N. Christensen .... visual effects supervisor
Konstantin Dimitrov .... digital compositor
Stoycho Dimitrov .... visual effects artist
Tinko Dimov .... visual effects artist
Alexander Eriksson .... digital compositor: Ghost VFX
Jonny Gu .... digital compositor
Martin Holm-Grevy .... digital artist
Ivan Kondrup Jensen .... visual effects artist
Rikke Hovgaard Jørgensen .... visual effects producer
Georgi Karantilski .... digital compositor
Claus Nicholas Nielsen .... matte painter
Michael Holm Nielsen .... digital compositor
Thijs Noij .... digital compositor
Liubomir Savov .... visual effects artist
Svetoslav Savov .... visual effects artist
Esben Syberg .... visual effects supervisor
Jonas Ussing .... digital compositor
Jorge Vidal .... digital compositor
Mikael Widegren .... lead matte painter
Oliver Wolff .... digital compositor
Claus Toksvig Kjaer .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roman Spacil .... swordmaster
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Martin Bublik .... electrician (as Martin Bublík)
Jan Carda .... focus puller: second unit
Václav Cermak .... gaffer (as Vaclav Enzo Cermák)
Chert Cornel Constantin .... best boy (as Chert Cornel Constantin aka Corleon)
Patrick Engst .... best boy (as Patrick Engst aka Bája)
Michal Filus .... video assistant
Artur Frys .... extra grip
Jirí Hanzl .... still photographer
Michal Hersálek .... key grip
Jiri Horych .... electrician
Jaroslav Host .... Genny operator
Jaroslav Hromádka .... rigging gaffer
Ignacio .... cable man
Igor Jelen .... electrician
Martin Juhasz .... electrician
Ivan Kosjar .... Genny operator
Michal Krbecek .... assistant camera: second unit
Martin Kumpan .... grip
Radek Kuzdas .... electrician
Richard Claudio Mehrle .... best boy
Vladimir Muller .... steadicam operator (as Vladimír Müller)
Tomas Munzberger .... focus puller: second unit (as Tomas Münzberger)
Frantisek Novák .... focus puller
Vrastislav Osicka .... Genny operator
Hynek Pantucek .... assistant camera
Vlastimil Plucar .... genny operator
Petr Procházka .... electrician
Martin Rain .... electrician
Miroslav Reznícek .... best boy (as Miroslav Reznícek aka Minister)
Mark Rimmer .... steadicam operator
Jan Smolik .... focus puller: second unit (as Jan Smolík)
Jan Spanbauer .... best boy (as Jan Spanbauer aka Fluteman)
Alexander Surkala .... director of photography: second unit
Martin Tocka .... Steadicam operator
Roman Tomana .... electrician
Zdenek Vodvarka .... best boy (as Zdenék Vodárka)
Radek Wirth .... assistant camera: second unit
Stepán Wirth .... assistant camera: second unit
Ingo Gardner .... balloon light technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Tanja Grunwald .... casting: Denmark
Jessica Horáthová .... casting: Czech Republic (as Jessica Horváthová)
Anton Ludwig .... extras casting: Dresden
Arwa Salmanova .... casting associate: Czech Republic
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Zuzana Brozová .... costumer
Anna Cimburova .... costumer (as Anna Cimburová)
Monika Jordan .... additional costume: Dresden
Zuzana Kolinova .... costumer (as Zuzana Kolínová)
Rouckova Michaela .... costumer (as Michaela Roucková)
Sona Nemcova .... costumer (as Sona Nemcová)
Petr Pluhar .... costumer
Caroline Plummer .... costume trainee
Marketa Prochazkova .... costume coordinator (as Markéta Procházková)
Hana Rambova .... costumer (as Hana Rambová)
Margrethe Rasmussen .... costumer
Ivana Rezacova .... costumer (as Ivana Rezacová)
Maika Schörbel .... additional wardrobe: Dresden
Diane Emilie Stenov .... costume assistant
Lena Tajerova .... costumer (as Lena Tajerová)
Stine Terp .... costumer
Lena Tajerova .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Sune F. Andersen .... additional editing
Morten Sylvest Arnoldus .... post-production coordinator
Jesper Bækdal .... assistant editor
Lárus Ren Gudbjörnsson .... first assistant editor
Sascha Alexander Haber .... visual effects technical colorist
Morten Højbjerg .... trailer editor
Anders Albjerg Kristiansen .... additional editor
Mikael Reidar .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jean-Pierre Arquie .... music producer
Jean-Pierre Arquie .... supervision of the recording sessions
Cyrille Aufort .... orchestrator
Henrik Vagn Christensen .... conductor
Concerto Copenhagen .... orchestra: source music
Nikolaj de Fine Licht .... orchestra coordinator: source music
Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf .... composer: additional music
Nicolas Koch Futtrup .... orchestra coordinator (as Nicolas Koch)
Peter Juul Kristensen .... score mixer
Peter Juul Kristensen .... score recordist
Mikkel Maltha .... music supervisor
Johan-Gottfried Wilhelm Palschau .... composer: additional music
Marie Sabbah .... composer agent
Cecile Tournesac .... assistant to composer
 
Transportation Department
Jan Bohata .... production driver
Václav Chaloupka .... production vehicles driver
Felix Frackievicz .... production driver
Zdenék Frackievicz .... production driver
Ladislav Harkabus .... production driver
Petr Havelec .... production driver
Miroslav Holy .... production driver
Jaroslav Host .... production vehicles driver
Lubos Hybrant .... production driver
Václav Kindl .... production vehicles driver
Oldrich Knotek .... production vehicles driver
Václav Kolman .... production driver
Petr Korenár .... production driver
Slavomír Krpálek .... production vehicles driver
Dan Kuska .... production driver (as Daniel Kuska)
Jan Kuzelik .... production driver (as Jan Kuzelík)
Michal Nabor .... production vehicles driver
Michal Pluskal .... production driver
Stanislav Pluskal .... production driver
Pavel Raftl .... production driver
Tomás Sterba .... production driver (as Tomás Stérba)
Tom Strelow .... production driver
Miroslav Sysel .... production vehicles driver
Rudoslav Vanac .... production driver
Antonín Vizina .... production driver
Pavel Voracek .... transport co-ordinator
 
Other crew
Julia Alugina .... caterer
Niclas Bendixen .... choreographer
Gero Brugmann .... legal counsel: completion guarantor
Cole Dabney .... social media & marketing
Ronny Engel .... production coordinator
Roberto Geroldi .... production secretary
Burkart Hofmann .... traffic blocker
Olen Hollesen .... collecting agent
Carina Svendsgaard Jeppesen .... Oscar coordinator
Ales Kodat .... caterer
Jakob Langkjær .... production assistant
Daniel Ferdinand Larsen .... research assistant: Arcel (as Daniel Ferdinand)
Daniel Ferdinand Larsen .... researcher
Hans Lönnerheden .... completition bond
Radim Macha .... horse master
Dusan Matic .... extras coordinator
Robert Mehrle .... location manager
Tanja Melnyk .... caterer
Jirí Novotny .... caterer
Jan Palecek .... caterer
Valentin Perets .... caterer
Line Plougsbæk .... production assistant
Kirsty Rigg .... dialogue coach
Anders Wøldike Schmith .... p.a. to producer
Hynek Svoboda .... location manager
Ruben Aram Ter-Akopow .... production assistant
Sören von der Heyde .... location manager
Lars von Trier .... script supervisor
Niclas Caroc Warner .... production assistant (as Niclas Warner)
Katerina Zinglova .... production assistant (as Katerina Zinglová)
Jan Zuska .... location manager
Christian Knudsen .... script translator (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"En kongelig affære" - Denmark (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content and some violent images
Runtime:
137 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Denmark's official submission for the Foreign Language Film category of the 85th Academy Awards.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the 1769 scene when Queen Caroline Mathilde is taking tea with the Dowager Queen Juliane Marie, they are clearly seen to be drinking from Danish Flora Danica cups. The Royal Danish Porcelain Factory was not established until 1775 and was the service was not put to use by the Danish Royal Family until 1803.See more »
Quotes:
Johann Friedrich Struensee:Your majesty.
Caroline Mathilde:You recognized me.
Johann Friedrich Struensee:I would recognize you blindfolded.
Caroline Mathilde:But your costume is not very imaginative.
Johann Friedrich Struensee:I'm afraid I'm not very good at the masquerade.
Caroline Mathilde:I believe this is the one night when everyone can be themselves.
[pause]
Caroline Mathilde:But you never remove your mask. Do you?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Oscars (2013) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Harpsichord Concerto No. 1, in C Major: II. AndanteSee more »

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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
"Heartrending and commendable Danish epic...", 25 June 2012
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

Danish screenwriter and director Nikolaj Arcel's fourth feature film which he co-wrote with Danish screenwriter Rasmus Heisterberg, is based on the novel "Prinsesse af blodet" from 2000 by Danish author Bodil Steensen-Leth and somewhat inspired by the novel "The Visit of the Royal Physician" from 1999 by Swedish author Per Olov Enquist. It premiered In competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on locations in the Czech Republic and Germany and is a Denmark-Sweden-Czech Republic-Germany co-production which was produced by Danish producers Meta Louise Foldager, Louise Vesth and Sisse Graum Jørgensen. It tells the story about Caroline Mathilde, a young woman who leaves her family in Britain and marries her cousin king Christian VII of Denmark. Though becoming aware that her husband is mentally ill Caroline remains loyal to her partner, but when a German doctor named Johann Friedrich Struensee is hired as the royal physician to the monarch she is invigorated by his controversial views and a new passion is awakened in her.

Finely and engagingly directed by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel, this finely tuned and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated by the main character and mostly from her point of view, draws a mindful and gripping portrayal of the relations between a king, a queen and a German physician during the age of enlightenment in the late 18th century. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, stellar cinematography by Danish cinematographer Rasmus Videbæk, production design by Danish production designer Niels Sejer, costume design by Danish costume designer Manon Rasmussen and use of colors and light, this dialog-driven and narrative-driven story which is inspired by real events and which is brilliantly narrated from multiple viewpoints, examines themes like friendship, love, betrayal, class distinctions and contradicting ideals, depicts three dense and merging studies of character and contains a good and timely score by Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared and French composer Cyrille Aufort.

This political, historic, romantic, at times humorous and intriguing period piece about the experiences of the young queen Caroline Mathilde of Denmark and Norway who also was a member of the royal British family and her passionate relationship with regent Johann Friedrich Struensee, which was chosen as Denmark's submission to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards in 2013, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, quick-witted dialog, emphatic and poignant acting performances by Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, Danish actors Mads Mikkelsen and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard in his debut feature film role and the fine supporting acting performances by Danish actress Trine Dyrholm and Swedish actor David Dencik. A heartrending and commendable Danish epic about social conflict and royal intrigue which gained the Silver Bear for Best Actor Mikkel Boe Følsgaard and Best Script Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg at the 62nd Berlin Film Festival in 2012.

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