18 Sep. 2021 14:28

A drama nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival may not be shown in Russian cinemas. The Ministry of Culture in Moscow has not given Paul Verhoeven’s “Benedetta” a permit. The film is about the love of two nuns.

The Russian Ministry of Culture has banned the showing of the new French film drama “Benedetta” by Paul Verhoeven in cinemas across the country. The relevant decree was signed on Friday 17th September. The Ministry in Moscow gave no explicit reason for the negative decision and only referred to a point in the current directive, which concerns “other cases determined by federal law”.

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In the Russian translation, the strip should have been performed on October 7th under the title “The Temptation”. The drama was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year, but received no award.

“Benedetta” is set in Italy in the 17th century and is about the Italian nun Benedetta Carlini. The woman suffers from religious and erotic visions and falls in love with a young novice.

The script is based on the true story of Carlini, who spent the last 35 years of her life in prison because of her love affair with the nun Bartolomea. The plot comes from the 1986 book “Shameful Passions: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Italy during the Renaissance” by the American historian and writer Judith Cora Brown.

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