We knew that Paul Verhoeven‘s Benedetta was in the official selection at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, screening in competition sometime between July 6-17 2021 and that a French release was set for 9 July 2021. Now comes news that IFC Films has picked-up the US distribution rights for the erotic thriller, while MUBI will distribute the film across cinemas in the UK and Ireland.
Set in the late 17th century and inspired by true events, the film 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, by historian Judith C Brown, Benedetta stars Virginie Efira, Charlotte Rampling, Daphné Patakia, Lambert Wilson and Olivier Rabourdin.