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Two Silver Bears to the movie A Royal Affair

It took a passionate story about a Danish royalty in the 1770s to win awards at this year's international film festival in Berlin, the Berlinale. A Royal Affair brought home two Silver Bears.

  • Mikkel Boe Følsgaard with his Silverbear. Photo: Alexander Janetzko

    Mikkel Boe Følsgaard with his Silverbear. Photo: Alexander Janetzko

On February the 19th Nikolaj Arcel and the rest of the film crew were rewarded no less than two awards at the prestigious Berlinale for the film A Royal Affair.

The movie tells the passionate story of a love triangle between the Danish king Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), his trusted physician Johann Friedrich Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen), and Queen Caroline Mathilde (Alicia Vikander). A love story that changed the history of Denmark.

Mikkel Boe Følsgaard won the award as best leading actor. He is the first Dane ever to receive this prestigious award at the Berlinale. Even though he has not finished his education at the Danish National School of Theatre, Mikkel can already join a list of actors including Sean Penn, Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, who have all won for best actor.

A Royal Affair also won a Silver Bear for best script by Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg and Lars von Trier.

"We did not expect this. Thank you to the jury, to Rasmus and to the amazing cast. It is a huge honor" said Nikolaj Arcel when receiving the Silver Bear and Rasmus Heisterberg added:"Thank you Berlin, for this award, we are deeply hobbled".

A Royal Affair is produced by Zentropa, and distributed by Nordisk Film.