Amazon Prime Video has banned the drama The Prince from airing on its platform due to ‘offensive content’.
The movie, which was released last year, is a dark story about affections and loyalties between prisoners, the search for sexual identity, love, violence, and the rise to power behind bars during the political upheaval of Chile in the 1970s
Although it contains explicit content, it was honoured with the Queer Lion Award at Venice Film Festival.
A number of titles are self-uploaded to Amazon by distributors, with the platform taking a share of money earned.
However, all releases are subject to Amazon’s content policy guidelines, which contain rules against ‘sexually explicit content’ and ‘violent or graphic content.’
The Prince’s distributor Peccadillo Pictures was informed the film clashed with the streamer’s guidelines and it is struggling to overturn the ruling.
‘We are obviously very concerned and perplexed by Amazon’s ruling,’ Peccadillo MD Tom Abell told Deadline.
‘We have been trying to overturn their decision without avail and cannot understand why, when we have overwhelming support from all other platforms, they have taken this stance.’
He added: ‘We cannot deny that The Prince has some explosive and bold scenes but this is what makes it stand out and is such an enjoyable and admired film.
‘It certainly contains nothing that hasn’t been seen before in a prison drama and pales in comparison to scenes in many of Amazon’s own productions. We are something of a loss to explain the situation.’