Magazine article Screen International

First Image of Paul Verhoeven's Newly Titled Nun Drama 'Benedetta'

Magazine article Screen International

First Image of Paul Verhoeven's Newly Titled Nun Drama 'Benedetta'

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Project was previously titled Blessed Virgin.

‘Benedetta’

France’s Pathé Films and SBS Productions have revealed a first image of Virginie Efira in the starring role of a controversial 17th Century Italian nun in Paul Verhoeven’s upcoming feature Benedetta.

The film, which was originally announced in 2017 with the title of Blessed Virgin, explores the rise and fall of the colourful figure of Benedetta Carlini, an abbess in 17th Century Tuscany.

Carlini rose through the ecclesiastical ranks on the back of her claims that she was seeing visions and had also developed the stigmata - wounds corresponding to those of Jesus Christ when he was crucified - on her body. …

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