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‘Benedetta’ Teaser: Paul Verhoeven’s Latest Provocation Spotlights Lesbian Nuns In Renaissance Italy

Paul Verhoeven is a filmmaker that has never shied away from provoking his audience. Whether it’s with his classic films like “RoboCop,” “Basic Instinct,” or even “Showgirls,” up to his more recent fare like “Elle,” Verhoeven is a director that loves to push buttons and watch audiences writhe uncomfortably in their seats.

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Italy, officially the Italian Republic is a country consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Alps and surrounded by several islands. Italy is located in south-central Europe, and it is also considered a part of western Europe. A unitary parliamentary republic with its capital in Rome, the country covers a total area of 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi) and shares land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, and the enclaved microstates of Vatican City and San Marino. Italy has a territorial exclave in Switzerland (Campione) and a maritime exclave in Tunisian waters (Lampedusa). With around 60 million inhabitants, Italy is the third-most populous member state of the European Union.