Distributor and streamer Mubi has acquired all rights for Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta in the UK and Ireland. Release date is TBA. You can check out a new teaser for the film above.
Directed and co-written by Paul Verhoeven, Benedetta will get its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on July 9, 2021 and is the latest film from the maverick filmmaker, following the Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning Elle, and films such as Basic Instinct, Total Recall, RoboCop, Starship Troopers and Showgirls.
Set in the late 17th century and inspired by true events, the steamy drama follows a woman who joins a convent in Pescia, Tuscany as a plague ravages the land that surrounds it. Capable of performing miracles from an early age, Benedetta’s impact on life in the community is immediate and momentous.
Inspired by the book Immodest Acts, written by historian Judith C Brown, the cast includes Virginie Efira (Elle), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Daphné Patakia (Nimic), Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded,) and Olivier Rabourdin (Of Gods and Men), and was co-written by David Birke, who partnered with Verhoeven to write Elle.
The film was produced by Said Ben Said at SBS Production, Michel Merkt and Pathé. Pathé is also handling international sales.
Upcoming theatrical releases for Mubi in the UK and Ireland include Ben Sharrock’s BAFTA-nominated Limbo, Michel Franco’s New Order, Ninja Thyberg’s Sundance hit Pleasure, Céline Sciamma’s latest film Petite Maman and First Cow from Kelly Reichardt, for which Mubi holds all rights internationally.
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