Postponed for a year because of the health crisis, Benedetta will finally reach French theaters on July 9, at the same time as its presentation in Competition in Cannes.
Shot almost 3 years ago, Benedetta, directed by Paul Verhoeven, will finally find its way to French cinemas on July 9!
In May 2020, the feature film was postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This postponement allowed him to be selected in the Official Competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.
After Elle, winner of the César for best film in 2017, the Dutch sulphurous is back with a work that promises to be as provocative as it is torrid. This time, the filmmaker explores faith and sexuality at the heart of a religious institution.
History takes us to the 15th century. As the plague spreads in Italy, the very young Benedetta Carlini joins the convent of Pescia in Tuscany.
From an early age, Benedetta was able to work miracles and her presence in her new community would change many things in the lives of the sisters.
As we can see in the trailer unveiled today, the nun played by Virginie Efira will have a romantic relationship with a young woman, played by Daphné Patakia.
This homosexual affair, deemed blasphemous by the Church, will not fail to shake up the life of this peaceful convent.
Co-written by Elle screenwriter David Birke, the film is based on a true story. It is adapted from the room Sister Benedetta, between saint and lesbian by Judith C. Brown, recounting the fate of the mystic Benedetta Carlini, figure of the Catholic religion of the 17th century.
She had become very influential in Italy after claiming to be connected to Christ by a powerful spiritual bond. The Sister also testified to particular visions. She ended up ostracized for her homosexuality.
An investigation by the clergy revealed that Benedetta Carlini had had a lesbian relationship with Sister Bartolomea for several years. Therefore, she was kept away from society, confined for forty years, to avoid contact with other women.
Her story is one of the earliest reported and documented cases of female homosexuality in Western Europe.
Alongside Virginie Efira and Daphné Patakia, we find in particular Lambert Wilson, Charlotte Rampling, Olivier Rabourdin and Clotilde Courau. See you on July 9 in the theaters to get to know Saint Benedetta.
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