Eclectic Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, known for films such as Robocop, Total Recall, Showgirls, Basic Instinct and Starship Troopers, makes his grand return to the big screen after 2016’s Elle with Benedetta, set to premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival on July 9th, along with a simultaneous release in France’s theaters. The film was originally set to premiere during the 2020 edition of the festival, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starring Virginie Efra, Charlotte Rampling, Daphné Patakia and Lambert Wilson, the film will transpose on-screen the mythic story of Benedetta Carlini, a nun who joins a convent and has a love affair with another woman. Here’s the official plot synopsis from Pathé:
“In the late 15th century, with plague ravaging the land, Benedetta Carlini joins the convent in Pescia, Tuscany, as a novice. Capable from an early age of performing miracles, Benedetta’s impact on life in the community is immediate and momentous.”
The trailer does not shy away from the film’s erotic scenes and teases a lesbian love affair treated with mythic and religious sensibilities, immediately recalling Verhoeven’s past films which also didn’t hold back on erotic sequences, particularly in Showgirls. No details for the film’s North American release are known as of yet, but we can already tell that, good or bad, the movie will spark lots of chatter during the Cannes Film Festival after its July premiere and, who knows, might be an International Film contender for the 2022 Awards Season. Never underestimate Paul Verhoeven.
You can watch the trailer below: