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Denmark Makes Foreign-Language Oscar Submission 'A Royal Affair'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 21, 2012 at 1:35PM

Denmark has selected the Mads Mikkelsen-starring fest favorite "A Royal Affair" as its entry for the 2013 Best Foreign-Language Oscar race. The film premiered in Berlin in February, with recent screenings at Telluride and Toronto. Magnolia releases the film stateside on November 9.
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"A Royal Affair"
"A Royal Affair"

Denmark has selected the Mads Mikkelsen-starring fest favorite "A Royal Affair" as its entry for the 2013 Best Foreign-Language Oscar race. The film premiered in Berlin in February, with recent screenings at Telluride and Toronto. Magnolia releases the film stateside on November 9.

Set in 18th-century Denmark, the film looks at a lusty affair between the Danish queen (Alicia Vikander) and the king's physician (Mikkelsen). Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, who took home the top acting prize at Berlin, plays the cuckhold king.

Check out our extensive flip-cam interview with Mikkelsen, who was tributed at Telluride with screenings of both "A Royal Affair" and his Cannes Best Actor winner "The Hunt," here.

A round-up of Foreign-Language Oscar entries is here, with additional info on Canada's selection here, and Finland's selection here.

This article is related to: Mads Mikkelsen, Academy Awards, Awards


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.