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Brief new teaser for Paul Verhoeven’s Cannes-debuting ‘Bendetta’

by Paul Heath

Paul Verhoeven’s latest, Bendetta, is already billed to get a world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in July, but it looks like it has already been picked up for a UK release. MUBI is handling distribution in the UK and, although we don’t have a specific date for release, we do have a brief new teaser.

Directed and co-written by Paul Verhoeven, Benedetta will receive 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 internationally renowned films such as Basic InstinctTurkish DelightTotal RecallRoboCopStarship Troopers and Showgirls.

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, written by historian Judith C Brown, the film stars Virginie Efira (Elle, In Bed with Victoria, Sibyl), Charlotte Rampling (45 YearsRed SparrowSwimming Pool), Daphné Patakia (Nimic), Lambert Wilson (The Matrix ReloadedCatwoman) and Olivier Rabourdin (Eastern BoysOf Gods and Men), and was co-written by David Birke, who partnered with Verhoeven to write ElleBenedetta was produced by Said Ben Said at SBS Production, Michel Merkt and Pathé.

We’ll bring you more on this as the Cannes premiere date approaches. For now, here’s the new teaser courtesy of MUBI.

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