There is no better free publicity than demonstrators with signs that upload your movie.
Nothing promises more movie releases than a group of protesters.
That may not be what the protesters thought when they premiered at the New York Film Festival Benedetta, Waving signs and placards, but the commotion will always attract the kind of attention that will benefit Paul Verhoeven’s film.
“Lesbian film desecration,” you say? Where can I buy a movie ticket that few have heard of so far.
Verhoeven’s film was criticized by a small group from the American Association for the Protection of Tradition, Family and Property, which also claimed that Benedetta “Insulting the sanctity of the Catholic nuns” while asking the question, “Why the endless insults towards Christ?”.
According to the Indiewire website, the protesters chanted “Hello Mary” prayers to the megaphones.
The organization, which claims to present the views of concerned Catholic Americans, has 120,000 members and is also active in protesting family planning clinics and features on its website in petitions against Amazon Prime films, LGBTQIA + Batsy sellers, Netflix, Kellogg’s cereal and rainbow colors. Lego toys.
Verhoeven’s film premiered this year at the Cannes Film Festival, in the official competition, where it received a standing ovation of five minutes.
The film is based on the true story of a 17th century nun, Benedetta Carlini, who had a sexual relationship with a fellow nun. It stars Virginia Epira, Lambert Wilson, Daphne Patakia and Charlotte Rampling.
Verhoeven, the Dutch director of Basic instinct, Total recall and Showcase girls, Gave an interview earlier this year to Hollywood Reporter Bo said he never gets provoked.
“In fact, I do not think the film will be outrageous – at least not in Western Europe. Maybe the Americans will see it differently. The US has more puritanism. I’ve seen it with Basic instinct And even more with Showcase girls. ”
Benedetta This is not the first time a Catholic group has protested a film at the New York Film Festival.
Kevin Smith’s film example It drew celebrities the Catholic protesters who insulted the film, starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as two fallen angels returning to re-enter heaven. Alanis Morissette played Wordless God.
Benedetta Will be released in Australia in February 2022 by Hi Gloss Entertainment and Vendetta Films.
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