Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta to premiere at LEFFEST on November 15

A divine comedy or a comedy of the divine? One of the most controversial offerings at this year’s Cannes Festival, Paul Verhoeven’s new film has caused uproar almost everywhere. It will now have its national premiere at LEFFEST, on November 15th, at Teatro Tivoli BBVA.

With Benedetta (2021), the director of Fatal Instinct (1992) and Showgirls (1995) returns to one of his preferred themes: scandalous sexuality that pushes the boundaries of morality and good taste. 

Based on a book by American historian Judith C. Brown, Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy, the film gives us an honest portrait of a 17th-century Italian nun, Benedetta Carlini (played by Virginie Efira, in a stunning performance). Haunted by disturbing visions of Jesus Christ, Benedetta enters into a torrid relationship with Bartolomea, her confidant, in stark opposition to the moral and religious codes of her time. Verhoeven’s film rescues from historical obscurity this true story of female homosexuality set during the Reformation, as the plague spreads in Italy.

Tickets available soon.
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