Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta NYFF Premiere Met by Catholic Protesters

A bunch of protesters descended on Alice Tully Corridor Sunday afternoon forward of Verhoeven’s scabrous lesbian nun drama.

Catholic protesters descended on Alice Tully Corridor at Lincoln Heart for the New York Movie Competition premiere of Paul Verhoeven’s scandalous lesbian nun drama “Benedetta.” The film, which premiered on the Cannes Movie Competition to shock and acclaim, stars Virginie Efira as Benedetta Carlini, a novice nun within the seventeenth century who joins an Italian convent and has a lesbian love affair with one other nun.

IFC Movies, which opens the “Primary Intuition” and “Elle” director’s newest on December 3 stateside, didn’t instantly reply to IndieWire’s request for remark. Competition attendees shared information and images of the protest on Twitter (see beneath).

“They’re upset about its ‘blasphemous’ portrayal of nuns and Catholicism. They’re repeatedly saying Hail Marys into megaphones,” stated IndieWire’s Managing Editor Christian Blauvelt. Protesters, a few of whom have been seen taking part in drums and bagpipes, look like a part of a gaggle known as America Needs Fatima. This seems to be the primary main Catholic protest of a New York Movie Competition film since Kevin Smith’s 1999 “Dogma.”

Contained in the theater earlier than the premiere started, New York Movie Competition programmer Dennis Lim requested the viewers “What number of Catholics are with us?” A couple of third of the viewers raised their fingers.

Lim then thanked the Catholic League for protesting exterior, including that “Verhoeven doesn’t provoke and not using a goal.”

Whereas neither the filmmaker nor any onscreen expertise was current, the screening was attended by screenwriter David Birke. He co-wrote the movie with Verhoeven, and stated that he’s keen to undergo the screenplay line by line to indicate why the movie is “not my fault,” which is to say that historical past backs the story.

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