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Queen Margrethe II, reigning monarch of Denmark, is to design the sets for an upcoming Netflix film adapted from a Karen Blixen novel, it has been announced.

A romantic fantasy set in the fairy-tale realm of Babenhausen, Ehrengard will be directed by veteran Danish director Bille August the Conqueror (who won both the Palme d’Or and the Oscar for best language film. in 1988) and Les Meilleur Intentions (which won a second Palme d’Or in August).

Margrethe, who ascended to the Danish throne in 1972 and is Commander-in-Chief of the country’s Defense Forces, has also had a long career as an artist, including drawing illustrations for the Danish editions of The Lord of the Rings, and exhibitions. in galleries including the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Ishoj near Copenhagen. She also has screen credits as a production designer on the 2009 fantasy fairy tale The Wild Swans and a 2000 short film adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s Frozen.

In a statement, Margrethe said: “The stories of Karen Blixen have always fascinated me, with their aesthetic narratives, their imaginations and their imagery worlds for me – and I am very happy to be a part of this project. I tried to interpret Blixen’s fantastic universe in creating the cutouts and costumes and can’t wait to see Ehrengard’s story come to life in this film.

August added, “The Queen has created the most fantastic cutouts for the occasion, and they will be the dominant trait of the film’s overall scenographic expression. “Fantastic” (in the most literal sense of the word) is our starting point for the film; we want to use humor and elegance to create a demonic, burlesque, fabulous and autonomous visual universe.

Ehrengard is scheduled for release in 2023.


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