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Catholic Protesters Gather Outside NYFF Premiere of Paul Verhoeven’s Lesbian Nun Drama ‘Benedetta’

Catholic protesters descended on Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the New York Film Festival premiere of Paul Verhoeven’s scandalous lesbian nun drama “Benedetta.” The movie, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to shock and acclaim, stars Virginie Efira as Benedetta Carlini, a novice nun in the 17th century who joins an Italian […]

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Cannes: All the Movies from the 2021 Festival That Will Make Some Noise This Year

A few weeks ago, it was hard to believe that the Cannes Film Festival would actually happen. Now, as the 74th edition winds down, it’s still hard to believe what transpired over the past two weeks: a whole lot of movies, many of which will continue to make some noise in the year ahead. In […]

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Mubi adds Un Certain Regard winner ‘Unclenching The Fists’ to Cannes haul

The streamer and distributor has also picked up Benedetta, Memoria, Cow and other titles.Continuing its Cannes festival buying spree, London-based global streamer and distributor Mubi has picked up all rights for North America, the UK, Ireland, Latin America and India to Un Certain Regard Grand Prize winner Unclenching The Fists.The second feature from Russian director […]

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‘Zero F*cks Given’: Adèle Exarchopoulos Tries To Conceal The Despair of Life In This Shimmering Drama [Cannes Review]

Of the many films playing at Cannes which have gained in resonance since the coming of the pandemic, “Zero F*cks Given” from French duo Julie Lecoustre, and Emmanuel Marre does not represent the creepiest, most alarming kind of coincidence — that description would better fit “Benedetta” from Dutch master Paul Verhoeven, which features an actual […]

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Cannes Film Festival 2021 Critic’s Notebook 2: Benedetta, Hit the Road

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven’s “lesbian nun movie” Benedetta may have taken two extra years to land (Verhoeven’s hip surgery in 2019 prevented him from completing post-production in time for that year’s Cannes), but its prologue wastes no time informing the audience of its mischievous timbre (for the handful heading into it expecting anything close to […]

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‘Blasphemous? Of course not.’ Director of lesbian nuns film hits back at critics

‘I did not invent these scenes,’ says Paul Verhoeven defending the graphic violence and sex in his film, based on a true storyIt might be based on a scholarly study of medieval nuns in Tuscany, but Benedetta, the new film from controversial director Paul Verhoeven, is full of lust, gore and brutality, and it has […]

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How ‘The Crown’s’ Josh O’Connor and Director Eva Husson Navigated Nude Scenes in ‘Mothering Sunday’

Having been forced to cancel last year’s Cannes due to the pandemic, 2021 is proving to be a happy nude year for the festival with this edition’s most talked-about film, “Benedetta,” featuring a pair of romping nuns.Even the outwardly gentle period drama “Mothering Sunday” is unabashed about displaying the human body in all its glory, […]

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‘Benedetta’ Director Paul Verhoeven Blasts Critics of Film’s Racy Sex Scenes: ‘We Don’t Want to Look at the Reality of Life’

“Basic Instinct” director Paul Verhoeven slammed the new “puritanism” he perceives has taken over cinema during a charged Cannes press conference for his latest film “Benedetta,” saying critics “don’t want to look at the reality of life.”The Belgian auteur has received a generally positive response to his risqué new film, which stars Virginie Efira and […]

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‘Benedetta’ Review: Paul Verhoeven’s Erotic Lesbian Nun Drama Won’t Reward Your Faith

You probably won’t be shocked to hear that Paul Verhoeven’s erotic drama about the relationship between two horny nuns in a 17th century Italian convent — a sacrilegious affair that became one of modern Western civilization’s earliest documented instances of lesbianism after a parish scrivener wrote about it in his diary with curiously exacting detail […]

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