Pathé has released the first trailer for Paul Verhoeven’s steamy period drama Benedetta. The last of the It and Primary instinct The director has already been confirmed as an official selection at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and will be screened in competition at the event scheduled for July 6-17. Pathé will be released locally on July 9.
Virginie Efira, Charlotte Rampling, Daphné Patakia, Lambert Wilson and Olivier Rabourdin star in the thriller which was originally titled Holy Virgin. Inspired by real events, it takes place at the end of the 15th century as the plague ravages the earth. Benedetta Carlini (Efira) joined the Convent of Pescia, in Tuscany, as a novice capable from an early age of performing miracles. Its impact on life in the community is immediate and crucial.
The film is based on the book Shameless acts: the life of a lesbian nun in Renaissance Italy which was published in 1986 and written by historian Judith C. Brown. David Birke, who co-wrote It, reworked with Verhoeven on Benedetta scenario. The story, which mixes religion, eroticism and controversy, fits perfectly into Verhoeven’s wheelhouse.
This will mark a return to the Croisette for Verhoeven including 2016 It reinvigorated his long and successful career. It is also his second time working in French. Cannes to open with Leos Carax’s Annette July 6, a sign that the festival will continue as planned, with France easing Covid restrictions in May and June.
Pathé International manages Benedetta sales while It producers Saïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt produce. Check out the trailer above and a new poster below.