Royal Affair

Royal Affair or Royal Liaison inQuebec( En kongelig affære ) is ahistoricaldrama dano-czech, co-written and directed byNikolaj Arcel, released in2012.

It is inspired by the connection between Caroline-Mathilde of Hanover and Johann Friedrich Struensee and adapted from the novel Prinsesse af blodet by Bodil Steensen-Leth.

Presented at the Berlin International Film Festival , the film wins two Silver Bears and is Denmark’s 2013 Oscar winner in the Best Foreign Language Film category .


Denmark , 1770. King Christian VII is on the throne, but his mental instability renders him incapable of exercising his office and ruling the country. Worried, the ministers of the kingdom appeal to the intelligent and seductive doctor Johann Struensee , a practitioner imbued with the revolutionary ideas of the Enlightenment . He becomes the lover of Queen Caroline-Mathilde , abandoned by King Christian who prefers to frequent brothels. His arrival in the court will then upset everything: Struensee will rally the queen to his ideas and push the king to guide the kingdom on the path of important social reforms, twenty years before the French Revolution …

Technical sheet

  • Original title: In kongelig affære
  • French title: Royal Affair
  • Quebec title: Royal Liaison
  • International Title: A Royal Affair
  • Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel
  • Scenario: Rasmus Heisterberg and Nikolaj Arcel after Prinsesse af blodet by Bodil Steensen-Leth
  • Artistic direction: Niels Sejer
  • Costumes: Manon Rasmussen
  • Photography: Rasmus Videbæk
  • Editing: Kasper Leick and Mikkel EG Nielsen
  • Music: Cyrille Aufort and Gabriel Yared
  • Production: Meta Louise Foldager, Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Louise Vesth
  • Production Companies: DR TV , Film i Väst , Sirena Film, Sveriges Television , Trollhättan Film AB and Zentropa Entertainments
  • Country of origin: Denmark / Sweden / Czech Republic
  • Language: Danish , Swedish and German
  • Format: Colors – 35mm – 2.35: 1 – Digital Dolby Sound
  • Genre: Historical drama
  • Duration: 137 minutes
  • Release dates:
    • Germany ( Berlinale 2012 )
    • Denmark :
    • France :


Actor Role French version
Mads Mikkelsen Johann Friedrich Struensee (the king’s doctor) Yann Guillemot
Alicia Vikander Caroline-Mathilde of Hanover (the queen) Capuchin Lespinas
Mikkel Boe Følsgaard Christian VII of Denmark (the king) David Maisse
Trine Dyrholm Juliane-Marie from Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (Dowager Queen) Véronique Ataly
David Dencik Ove Høegh-Guldberg ( Theologian Leader of the Opposition) Antoine Nouel
Thomas W. Gabrielsson Count Schack Carl Rantzau Benoist Brione
Cyron Bjørn Melville Enevold Brandt Emmanuel Lemire
Laura Bro Louise von Plessen (Maid of Honor of Queen Caroline) Sylvia Conti
Bent Mejding Johann von Bernstorff Michel Ruhl
Søren Malling Johann Hartmann Hugues Boucher
William Jøhnk Nielsen Frederick of Denmark (crown prince) Rémi Caillebot
Rosalinde Mynster Natasha Claire Beaudoin
Erika Guntherová bridesmaid Claire Beaudoin
Klaus Tange The Minister Manuel Bonnet
Julia Wentzel Olsen Louise Augusta Marie Perez
Source and captionFrench version (VF) on AlloDoublage 1



  • Berlinale 2012 : Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and Silver Bear for Best Actor for Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
  • Satellite Awards 2012 : Best Costumes
  • Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2012 : Best Film and Karen Morley Award
  • Robert for Best Director 2013


  • Toronto International Film Festival 2012 : “Gala Presentations” Selection
  • Golden Globes 2013 : Golden Globe for best foreign film

Notes and references

  1. ↑ “VF dubbing sheet of the film”  [ archive ] on AlloDoublage , accessed November 21, 2012

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