“A Royal Affair,” a 2012 Danish/Swedish/Czech Republic film directed by Nikolai Arcel, will be screened Friday, Jan. 17, as part of the International Film Series.
The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m.
There is no charge, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.
This film tells the true story of British Princess Caroline Mathilde (Alicia Vikander) who in 1767 was given in marriage to King Christian VII of Denmark (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), an erratic monarch considered insane by many. Theirs is an unhappy royal household.
The arrival in court of a German physician, Johann Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen), a quietly idealistic man of the Enlightenment, brings unforeseen change. As trusted companion to the king, he is able to bring sweeping reforms to Danish society; as secret lover of the queen who yearns to discuss ideas and read books, he gains happiness and fulfillment for her and himself. Conservative elements in the government eventually take control, rescind progressive laws and cause a tragic ending. (Note: In later years the son of Christian and Caroline, Frederick VI, served as prince regent and enacted liberal reforms.)