*WORLD PREMIERE – 2021 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL*
*OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2021 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL*
*OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2021 BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL*
DIRECTED BY Paul Verhoeven (BASIC INSTINCT, ELLE)
WRITTEN BY Paul Verhoeven & David Birke (ELLE)
INSPIRED BY Judith C. Brown’sImmodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy
STARRING Virgine Efira (SIBYL). Daphne Patakia, Lambert Wilson (THE MATRIX Series), Charlotte Rampling (45 YEARS)
RELEASE DATE Friday, December 3, 2021 in Select Theatres, Tuesday, December 21 on VOD
BENEDETTA, the latest work from madman-genius filmmaker Paul Verhoeven (BASIC INSTINCT, ELLE). Virginie Efira (SIBYL) stars as Benedetta, a historical figure whose extraordinary story was captured in Judith C. Brown’s book Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy. Efira’s powerhouse performance masterfully tows the line between saint and sinner – is she a power-hungry fraud or the true vessel of God? Veterans Charlotte Rampling and Lambert Wilson lead a charismatic cast of characters trying to figure out just that, and a radiant Daphne Patakia co-stars as Bartolomea, the object of Benedetta’s desire. BENEDETTA ignited a flurry of buzz around its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and IFC Films will release the film in select theatres and everywhere films are rented digitally on Friday, December 3.
SYNOPSIS – A 17th-century nun in Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. She is assisted by a companion, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic love affair.