Benedetta: Paul Verhoeven’s Cannes-Fest Movie, Lesbian Drama (LGBTQ, Lesbian)

The arthouse streamer and distributor has also released a teaser trailer for the lesbian nun drama, among titles confirmed for Cannes Fest.

The arthouse streaming platform and theatrical distributor plans to give the French-language film a legit release. The movie tells the story of a lesbian nun and tackling themes of sex, sexuality and religion.

Benedetta, which was destined for Cannes last year before the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is now set to have it world premiere in the south of France on July 9, adding to a late-career revival for Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Turkish Delight, Total Recall, RoboCop, Starship Troopers, Showgirls) following 2016’s Elle, which landed Isabelle Huppert a best actress Oscar nomination.

The film stars Virginie Efira as a 17th century nun who suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions and begins a romantic love affair with another nun. Inspired by the book Immodest Acts, written by historian Judith C Brown, the film also stars Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Red Sparrow), Daphné Patakia (Nimic), Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded, Catwoman) and Olivier Rabourdin (Eastern Boys, Of Gods and Men), and was co-written by David Birke, who partnered with Verhoeven on Elle. Benedetta was produced by Said Ben Said at SBS Production, Michel Merkt and Pathé, which is also handling international sales.

Benedetta adds to a slate of theatrical releases Mubi has lined up for the U.K. and Ireland, including Ben Sharrock’s Limbo, Michel Franco’s New Order, Ninja Thyberg’s Sundance hit Pleasure, Céline Sciamma’s latest Petite Maman and First Cow from Kelly Reichardt, which Mubi holds all rights for internationally (excluding US and China).

See the teaser trailer for Benedetta below