Nordisk Film has acquired the film rights to THE CLUB, Matilda Voss Gustavsson’s acclaimed book from 2019 detailing sexual harassment and misconduct in a cultural institution with close ties to the renowned Swedish Academy.
Maren Louise Käehne (QUEEN OF HEARTS) will pen the script based on Gustavsson’s book. Matilda Appelin (BEFORE THE FROST, BLIND SPOT, A PERFECTLY NORMAL FAMILY) will produce.
Matilda Voss Gustavsson is a journalist with Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. In 2017, she published an exposé where 18 women came forward detailing rape, threats and harassment centered around a prestigious club lead by a well-known cultural profile and attracting members of the Swedish Academy. The revelations became an important part of the global Me Too movement and crippled the Swedish Academy which has awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature since 1901.
In THE CLUB, Gustavsson digs deeper into the story of the cultural institution Forum and continues her investigation of power in the world of art. She details the major internal conflicts in the Swedish Academy and the trial where the cultural profile was convicted of rape. Now this story is turned into film.
”THE CLUB tales the corruption of power and what happens when people are deprived of their voice – both as individuals and as artists. Completely authentic and without falling into tabloid sensationalism, it depicts a landmark in Swedish cultural history. It is a condensed page-turner with drama worthy of a gangster movie. With its complex theme, fascinating arena and captivating characters, THE CLUB contains all the elements I am drawn to as a scriptwriter”, says Maren Louise Käehne.
”Maren Louise Käehne is one of the most interesting screenwriters and she has a unique look on power. I am certain she will combine ethics, artistic integrity and uncompromising quality in administering the complexity of THE CLUB”, adds Matilda Voss Gustavsson.
The filming of THE CLUB is part of Nordisk Film’s ambition of producing some of the best Swedish feature films and TV series. As a leading Nordic film studio, Nordisk Film has within recent years produced films such as QUEEN OF HEARTS, SAMI BLOOD, THE GUILTY, LAND OF MINE and CHARTER.
”THE CLUB is an important book that we will approach with the greatest respect. We are very happy and proud of this collaboration”, says Matilda Appelin, producer at Nordisk Film Production.