Exclusive Premiere - The True Story of the Ultimate Forbidden Love

A Royal Secret is the story of the ultimate forbidden love. A love that had to be kept from the public at all costs, but which eventually got out, and led to one of the worst miscarriages of justice that Sweden has ever witnessed.

The year is 1932 and in a final attempt to save his restaurant, ex-con man Kurt Haijby appeals for a private audience with the King Gustav V of Sweden. To his wife Anna’s great surprise, he is granted one.

What starts off as a formal encounter between the restaurateur and the King soon turns into a romantic evening filled with passion. But when the fling turns into a secret relationship, the King’s advisors do everything to stop the affair. Kurt is up against forces that will destroy his marriage, throw him into a mental asylum and deport him to Nazi-Germany.

Join us for an exclusive chance to get a preview of A Royal Secret when crew and cast from the series joins AARHUS SERIES.


Thursday, October 28 2021

20:30 – 22:00

Øst for Paradis, Sal A

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Lena Rehnberg, Producer

Lisa James Larsson, Director

Sverrir Gudnason, Actor

Sanna Krepper, Actress

Christine Dyrskjøt Elmstrøm, Host


27. december 2021


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Lena Rehnberg is the founder of the independent film production company StellaNova Film, has a well-documented track record of producing high-quality and commercially viable feature films. Rehnberg couples her far-reaching filmmaking experience with an unparalleled sense of spotting strong storytelling among novelists and scriptwriters that moves the film audience. Rehnberg has produced box office hits such as Midsummer of Love/Sommaren med Göran (2009), Love is a Drug / Micke & Veronica (2014), Waltz for Monica/Monica Z (2012) and most recently A Moon of my own/Ted – För Kärlekens Skull (2018). A Royal Secret is Lena’s first TV series.


Lisa James Larsson is a half British, half Swedish film and television director based in Stockholm. Most recently, she directed two episodes of season 2 of the epic fantasy drama ‘Britannia’ for Sky Atlantic produced by Vertigo films, starring Mackenzie Crook & David Morrissey, which will premiere in 2019. Prior to this, in Sweden, she directed hit feature films ‘Ego’ which she also wrote and Jarowskji’s ‘Tsatsiki Farsan & Olivkriget’. Lisa is a graduate of Film and Television Studies at London’s Brunel University and studied Film Directing and screenwriting at StDH Stockholm graduating in 2009.


Krepper studied at the Theater Academy in Stockholm 1999–2002. She made her TV debut in 1998 in the series “Aspiranterna”, where she played the role of Eva Jonsson. In 2003, she starred in the film “Om jag vänder mig om” and in 2005–2006 in the TV series “Lite som du”. In 2009, she played Susanne Linder in the Stieg Larsson film adaptation “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”. She has also done radio theater and several roles at Stockholm City Theater.


Sverrir Gudnason’s brilliant portrayal of Björn Borg in the feature film Borg vs McEnroe opposite Shia LaBeouf was his breakout role that garnered critical acclaim and began to establish him as an internationally acknowledged actor.
Prior to that, Gudnason managed to build an impressive career at home, working with some of the best filmmakers of today. The Swedish-Icelandic actor’s resume includes features like Gentlemen (dir. Mikael Marcimain), Original (dir.Brøndstend/Tublen), Blowfly Park (dir. Jens Östberg) and Monica Z (dir. Per Fly), to mention just a few. Gudnason is a multiple winner and nominee of the Swedish equivalent to the Academy Award, Guldbaggen.

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