NENT group announces that ZDF Enterprises's documentary, “The Prize of Silence” serve as the next Viaplay Original ‘The Prize of Silence’ will premiere exclusively on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service in Fall of this year. “The repercussions of these tragic events are still with us today, and have played a role in shaping global perceptions of the Swedish Academy,” NENT Group Chief Content Officer Filippa Wallestam, said.
‘The Prize of Silence’ is produced by Meter Film & Television in co-operation with Bunim Murray, Creative Society, Kreativ Inc, and NENT Group. Joel Karsberg, Kristoffer Graci, and Magnus Coinberg will serve as executive producers, while Martina Iacobaeus and Sara Newihl contribute as producers. “It’s vital to keep this topic at the top of the agenda and to listen to these people who suffered so much,” Wallestam said. “Our latest Viaplay Original shows once again our ambition to tell important Nordic stories with international relevance.”
The four-part English- and Swedish-language series explores the sexual abuse scandal that involved the Swedish Academy and led to the postponement of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature. Four years ago, the cultural figure Jean-Claude Arnault, the husband of a Swedish Academy member, was accused of sexual assault and subsequently convicted on two counts of rape.
The scandal led to an influx of resignations at the Academy, and led experts to question's cultural institutions around the world.“Even then, we knew there was much more to the postponement of the Nobel Prize in Literature than was being reported,” Joel Karsberg said. “I’m proud to partner with NENT Group and Viaplay to give a platform for survivors to share their story and help shed light on sexual abuse and misuse of power within an elite circle.”
The film presents in-depth interviews with several of the women victimized by Arnault, as well as members of the Swedish Academy and other knowledgable experts. “I remember the moment vividly. We were in the middle of filming ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ when this horrifying story struck,” Karsberg said.
It’s vital to keep this topic at the top of the agenda and to listen to these people who suffered so much. Our latest Viaplay Original shows once again our ambition to tell important Nordic stories with international relevance.” Filippa Wallestam Chief Content Officer, NENT Group