12 December 2012
NSSP: Great Danes

"A Royal Affair" is selected as the Danish film to participate in the 2013 Oscar-nomination. The restoration of the 1700-century Denmark was assisted with digital expertise from West Danish filmmakers and support from the West Danish Film Fund.

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, the film tells the story of a young queen (Alicia Vikander), who is married to an insane king. Falling secretly in love with her physician (Mads Mikkelsen), together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

'A Royal Affair' premiered at Cannes 2012. Post production was supported by West Danish Film Fund at North Sea Screen Partners member Filmby Aarhus. "We are very proud of the nomination. The international focus is important for local companies and talent that has been on the film. And it means something to draw other big productions to the area, "says Filmby Aarhus manager Carsten Holst, who is responsible for the West Danish Film Fund.

The film initially ran against Bille August's "Marie Krøyer" and Susanne Bier's "The Bald Hairdresser" (Love Is All You Need) in the race to be nominated Danish film. Now, the battle has begun to become one of the nine films included in the final race for an Oscar for best non-English language films.

"A Royal Affair" had Danish premiere on 29 March and is seen by a cinema audience of just over half a million. At the Berlin Film Festival attracted "A Royal Affair" enthusiasm and won Silver Bears for best drama and best screenplay.

The film has also just won the audience award in the World Cinema category at AFI Fest 2012.

Oscar submissions from Denmark over the past 15 years:
2011 Superclasico / Ole Christian Madsen
2010 Vengeance / Susanne Bier
2009 Terribly Happy / Henrik Ruben Genz
2008 Worlds / Niels Arden Oplev
2007 The Art of Crying / Peter Schønau Fog
2006 After the wedding / Susanne Bier
2005 Adams apples / Anders Thomas Jensen
2004 The Five Obstructions / Jorgen Leth and Lars von Trier
2003 Reconstruction / Christoffer Boe
2002 Love you forever / Susanne Bier
2001 Italian for Beginners / Lone Scherfig
2000 Here near / Kaspar Rostrup
1999 Mifune / Soren Kragh-Jacobsen
1998 Festival / Thomas Vinterberg
1997 Barbara / Nils Malmros

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