Gala premiere for Ehrengard: The Art of Seduction

14 September 2023

Last week, the SF Studios produced Danish Netflix feature film Ehrengard: The Art of Seduction had its premiere at Moltke’s Palace in Copenhagen with the cast, crew and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark attending. The Queen has created set design and costumes for the film and Academy Award, Gloden Globe and two-time Palme d'Or winner Bille August is directing. The film is based on the book Ehrengard by Karen Blixen and a script written by Anders August. SF Studios is producing the film with producer Marcella Dichmann. Ehrengard: The Art Of Seduction premieres today on September 14 on Netflix.

In the fairytale kingdom of Babenhausen, a young, self-appointed expert on love, Mr. Cazotte (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), is hired by the scheming Grand Duchess (Sidse Babett Knudsen)  to help her secure an heir. While searching for a suitable future Princess, Mr Cazotte teaches the timid and introverted Crown Prince Lothar (Emil Aron Dorph) the art of seduction and lovemaking. But their plan soon backfires, when an heir is conceived out of wedlock and the royal family has to seek refuge in the castle of Rosenbad. Here, as rivals within the royal family close in on their scheme, Cazotte himself falls in love with Ehrengard (Alice Esther Bier Zandén), the maid of honor, and gradually learns that in fact, he’s no expert on love at all.

Ehrengard: The Art of Seduction will feature set design and costumes by Queen Margrethe II. Since 1970, The Queen has been actively engaged in a number of artistic modes of expression: painting, church textiles, watercolors, prints, book illustrations, découpage works, scenography and embroidery. She is an honorary member of the Association of Danish Scenographers for her many years of work as a set designer in Danish film, television and theater.

About Ehrengard: The Art of Seduction
Directed by Bille August (Pelle the ConquerorThe Best Intentions)
Head writer Anders August (A Fortunate ManFollow the MoneyThe Pig)
Set Design & costumes by Queen Margrethe II
Producer Marcella Dichmann / SF Studios (Loving AdultsThe Exception)
Co-producer Jacob Jørgensen / JJ Film
Executive producers Lars Bjørn Hansen and Tim King / SF Studios
Based on the book Ehrengard by Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen)
Cinematographer Jan Pallesen
Starring Sidse Babett Knudsen (The grand Duchess), Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (Cazotte), Alice Esther Bier Zandén (Ehrengard), Emilie Kroyer Koppel (Princess Ludmilla), Sara-Marie Maltha (Mrs. Marbod), Jacob Lohmann (Mr. Marbod), Emil Aron Dorph (Prince Lothar)

About Karen Blixen
Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke is one of Denmark’s most internationally recognized female poets, author and storyteller. She wrote both under her own name and under the pseudonyms Isak Dinesen, Osceola and Pierre Andrézel. She is mostly known for the works Out of AfricaSeven Gothic Tales and Winter-FairytaleEhrengard was published posthumously a year after the author’s death in 1962. Among har most famous stories is also the tale Babette’s Feast about a cook girl, who uses all of her ten-thousand-franc lottery winnings to prepare a lavish meal in a small northern Norwegian village. The story was later adapted to a feature film and won the first Danish Oscar. Likewise, Out of Africa starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford was filmed in 1986 by Sydney Pollack and won 7 Oscars.

About SF Studios
SF Studios, established in 1919, is one of the world’s oldest film companies. Today SF Studios is the leading film studio in the Nordic region with its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden and offices in Oslo, Copenhagen and Helsinki. The company is producing and distributing feature films and TV series as well as providing the streaming service SF Anytime. SF Studios is part of the leading Nordic media company Bonnier.

About Netflix
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