Benedetta 2021 is an upcoming French and Dutch biographical film, directed and co-authored by Paul Verhoeven, and played by Virginie Efira as Benedetta Carlini, this is a new nun in the 17th century, she joined the Italian monastery and began to fall in love with another woman.
This film is adapted from Judith C. Brown’s 1986 non-fiction film “Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy”, and brings back Verhoeven’s last film “Elle (Efira) Co-starred most of the main film crew members in “Co-starred.” Including producer Saïd Ben Saïd, writer David Birke, composer Anne Dudley, and editor Job ter Burg.
The film is scheduled to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021 to compete for the Palme d’Or.
The main photography started on July 19, 2018, in Montepulciano, Italy. Other locations include Val d’Orcia and Bevagna also in Italy, and Silvacane and Le Thoronet Abbey in France. After the production, a series of confidential activities were carried out, and no one was allowed to shoot on the spot unless doing any work on the film. Producer Saïd Ben Saïd admitted that the story was a “subject to controversy” and worried about the fundamentalist Catholic Church’s reaction.
On February 16, 2018, the “Hollywood Reporter” announced that Pathé will produce and distribute the film in France and will also be sold internationally. On August 29, 2018, Pathé and SBS Productions released the first look of the film.
Although it was initially reported that the film would premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, Pathé announced on January 14, 2019, that it would postpone the release to 2020, noting that Verhoeven had recovered from hip surgery and was post-production. Has been postponed. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Cannes Film Festival will be postponed again to 2021 after the premiere of that film was canceled.
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On May 10, 2020, Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux confirmed the shortlisted works of this film and said: “Paul Verhoeven is in the magnificent work It expresses the pornography and mischief of the Middle Ages, but also has a political color.” On June 3, 2020, Fremaux confirmed that the film is scheduled to premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in order to compete for the Palme d’Or.
On May 5, 2021, Pathé unveiled the first trailer and the final theatrical release poster.
David Birke (screenplay)
Judith C. Brown (book)
Paul Verhoeven (screenplay)
Virginie Efira as Benedetta Carlini
Charlotte Rampling as Felicita
Daphne Patakia as Bartolomea
Lambert Wilson as The Nuncio
Olivier Rabourdin as Alfonso Cecchi
Clotilde Courau as Midea Carlini
Hervé Pierre as Paolo Ricordati
Guilaine Londez as Soeur Jacopa
Quentin D’Hainaut as Un villageois
Elena Plonka as Benedetta enfant
Louise Chevillotte as Christina
Alexia Chardard as Giulia
Antoine Lelandais as Lieutenent
Jonathan Couzinié as Jesus
Gaëlle Jeantet as Soeur Petra
Lauriane Riquet as Soeur Roasanna
Nicolas Gaspar as Capitaine des Mercenaires
David Clavel as Giuliano Carlini
Pero Radicic as Mercenaire Borgne
Nicolas Béguinot as Scribe
Justine Bachelet as Soeur Juliana
France : July 2021 (Cannes Film Festival)
France : 9 July 2021
Also Known As
(original title) / France / Italy / Mexico / UK : Benedetta
USA : Benedetta
China (Mandarin title) : 圣母
France (working title) : Sainte Vierge
World-wide (English title) (informal English title) : Blessed Virgin
Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy
by Judith C. Brown
Job ter Burg
9 July 2021 (Cannes)
9 July 2021 (France)