Benedetta 131 mins

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Starts Thu 10 Feb at:
Luna Leederville

In the late 17th 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.

Known for erotic sensations like Basic Instinct and Showgirls, director Paul Verhoeven is back with his steamy period melodrama that shook up Cannes and divided the critics. 

In the late 17th century, with the plague ravaging the land, a young girl named Benedetta Carlini joins a convent in Pescia, Tuscany. Seemingly capable of performing miracles and having visions of Jesus Christ from an early age, Benedetta’s impact on the community and convent is immediate and profound, but some question the legitimacy of her claims.

With Benedetta’s position within the convent rising, it is not until the arrival of a new nun, the young and rebellious Bartolomea that her faith is truly questioned. Based on Judith C. Brown’s book, Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy, Paul Verhoeven’s sophisticated and highly entertaining new film contains everything we have come to expect from the master director. A huge talking point at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, Paul Verhoeven’s raucous genre-bending period piece Benedetta has quickly become one of the most anticipated films of the year.

French language, English subtitles.

Critics are saying...
"Wild, intelligent, pulsating, provocative and vibrantly alive." Deadline

  "A substantial, sophisticated, yet briskly paced and always highly entertaining drama." BBC

“Dangerously provocative, but it’s also a lot of fun.” Slant

"A Delicious Satire of Power" The New Observer

“Paul Verhoeven’s lesbian nun opus” Vanity Fair

“Nun Stories Are About to Become Your Next Pop-Culture Obsession” Time Magazine

OFFICIAL SELECTION: CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
NOMINEE: PALME D'OR, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
NOMINEE: QUEER PALM, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

5stars
“Benedetta is a substantial, sophisticated, yet briskly paced and always highly entertaining drama.”
BBC
“Religion, power, manipulation, miracles and stigmata, truths and falsehoods are all on the ambiguous, intelligent, black humour-filled agenda of Paul Verhoeven’s excellent film……unlikely to leave any viewer unmoved.”
CINEUROPA

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