Written by David Birke, Paul Verhoeven / from the novel Immodest acts. The life of a lesbian nun in Renaissance Italy by Judith C. Brown / Photography Jeanne Lapoirie / Editing Job ter Burg / Starring Virginie Efira, Charlotte Rampling, Daphne Patakia, Lambert Wilson, Olivier Rabourdin, Louise Chevillotte, Hervé Pierre, Clotilde Courau / Produced by SBS Productions, Pathé, France 2 Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma, Topkapi Films, Belga Productions
France, 2020 – 131’
V.O. sub. ITA
Cinema De Seta
Benedetta Carlini’s process to become a nun starts as a little girl in Pescia, in Tuscany. Her repeated mystic visions and stigmata win her popularity within her community. However, once she enters the convent, her passionate relationship with Bartolomea, who is there to find shelter from her abusive father, will change her future, and her popularity within the community starts to waver. Good and evil, paradise and hell coexist in the controversial figure of the nun, who towers over an incredibly spectacular story, which the Dutch director spectacularises.
Paul Verhoeven is a Dutch film director, producer and screenwriter, who is well known for successful films such as ‘RoboCop’, ‘Total Recall’, ‘Basic Instinct’, ‘Starship Troopers’, and ‘’Hollow Man and ‘Elle’.
He was nominated for the Palme d’Or for best film in 1992 and in 2014 and ‘Black Book’ was awarded as best international film at the 63rd Venice Film Festival. In 2017 ‘Elle’ won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.