Benedetta Is an upcoming biographical drama directed and co-written by the acclaimed filmmaker Paul verhoeven, Is probably the most well known Robocop And Starship Troopers. The film stars Virginie Ephira as Benedetta Carlini, a 17th-century novice nun who joins Pescia, an Italian convent in Tuscany, who then begins a love affair with another woman. Benedetta It will premiere in Cannes, and was selected for US distribution by IFC Films.
The film is based on Judith C. Brown’s 1986 non-fiction novel “Imodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy”. Paul Verhoeven brings back most of his key crew members from his previous film Elle, (In which Ephira co-starred), producer Said ben Said, writer David Birke, composer Anne Dudley, and editor Job ter Berg. You can take a look at the short teaser below.
Benedetta The competition for Palme d’Or is scheduled to premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. Virginie Ephira as Benedetta Carlini, Lambert Wilson as The Nuncio, Daphne Patakia as Bartolomia, Charlotte Rampling as The Abs, Olivier Rabourdin, Clotield Courou, Hervé Pierre, Louise Chevilote and Nicolas Gaspar.
Following the critical and commercial success of Verhoeven’s previous film Elle (2014), he developed several projects, one of which is based on his own book about Jesus Jesus of Nazareth, The second project about the French Resistance, and the third project written by Jean-Claude Carriere, a medieval tale set in a monastery. In April 2017, producer Saeed Ben Said revealed that the third was chosen as Verhoeven’s next project.
Film, then title Blessed virgin Marked the second collaboration of the producer and director after Elle. Gerard Soetman, who has previously worked with Verhoeven in the last eight films, including: Turkish Anand (1973), Fourth man (1983), and black Book (2006), Carrier was replaced to adapt the non-fiction book Immoral Work: The Life of a Gay Nun in Renaissance Italy Which was published in 1986 and written by historian Judith C. Brown. Soetman decided to distance himself from involvement in the project so much that he eventually decided to remove his name from the credits. The reason for this is that he felt that the majority of the story was focused on sexuality.
Judith C. Brown stated that, “Paul Verhoeven and David Birke have written an imaginative and mesmerizing script that explores the intersection of religion, sexuality, and human ambition in an era of plague and faith.” Verhoeven then clarified his intentions: “The Blessed Virgin must be deeply influenced by the spirit of the pious. Ever since I was a child, I have always been interested in the pious, generally and especially Both in music and in painting. “
On April 3, 2018, Lambert Wilson told the French newspaper Le Journal do Dimanche That is his role in the film. On 1 May 2018, Deadline hollywood Revealed that Charlotte Rampling entered the conversation to play an important supporting role. On May 4, 2018, Verhoeven announced that the film had to be “BenedettaAlthough Verhoeven hoped to convince Isabel Huppert to play a supporting role in the film, producer Said Ben Said said on May 31, 2018, that Huppert would not be involved in the project. Ben Said also confirmed that Louise Chevilotte, Olivier Rabordin, Clotilde Courou, and Hervé Pierre were all officially cast in the film.
Principal photography began on 19 July 2018 in Montepulciano, Italy. Other main locations include Val d’Orcia and Bevagna, both located in Italy, as well as Silvacaine Abbey and Le Thoronet Abbey in France. After the production a strong campaign of secrecy was carried out and no one was allowed to go on the set until the film was worked on. Producer Saeed Ben Said admitted that the story was “a matter of controversy” and that reactions from radical Catholic associations were feared.
On 16 February 2018, Hollywood reporter Announced that Pathe would produce and distribute the film in France and also handle international sales. On 29 August 2018, Pathe and SBS Productions released the first glimpse of the film. Although it was initially reported that the film would premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Pathe announced on January 14, 2019 that the release had been postponed until 2020.
Pathe cited the reason that post-production was delayed because Verhoeven needed time to recover from hip surgery. However, after the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, the release was again delayed until 2021, where the film was to premiere. This most recent cancellation was due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On May 10, 2020, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux confirmed the film’s selection, stating that, “Paul Verhoeven offers a sensual and mischievous, political even vision of the Middle Ages in a grand production. On 3 June 2020, Fremaux Confirmed that the film is scheduled to premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in a competition for Palme d’Or. On May 5, 2021, Pathe unveiled the first trailer and final theatrical release poster.