LONDON — Denmark has selected Nikolaj Arcel’s historical drama “A Royal Affair” as its entry in the foreign-language Oscar contest.
The Euros 6 million ($7.8 million) budgeted pic world preemed at the Berlin Film Festival, where Mikkel Boe Folsgaard won the prize for actor and Rasmus Heisterberg and Arcel won for their script. It grossed more than $6 millions on home turf, and has been sold to 78 countries. Magnolia Pictures releases the film in the U.S. on Nov. 9.
The film, which is set in 18th-century Denmark, centers on the affair between the country’s queen, played by Alicia Vikander, and the king’s physician, limned by Mads Mikkelsen. Folsgaard plays the king.
Arcel made his feature debut in 2004 with the political thriller “King’s Game,” and had his international breakthrough as co-writer on Niels Arden Oplev’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
“A Royal Affair” is produced by Louise Vesth, Sisse Graum Jorgensen and Meta Louise Foldager for Zentropa, and received coin from the Danish Film Institute.
It was chosen by the Danish Oscar Submitting Committee, whose members include reps of various sections of the local film biz. The panel included Henrik Bo Nielsen, CEO of the Danish Film Institute, producer Tivi Magnusson, Kim Pedersen, prexy of the Danish Cinema Association, and helmer Mette-Ann Schepelern. The other films on the shortlist were Susanne Bier’s “Love Is All You Need” and Bille August’s “Marie Kroyer.”
The Academy announces its noms on Jan. 10.