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Mon Sep 27, 2021, 09:25 AM

 

Russia bans film about lesbian nun

Russia bans film about lesbian nun

Warning: From a Russian source that approves of this.

The Russian Ministry of Culture has refused to allow a new French-Dutch drama about a 17th-century lesbian nun to be shown in Russia.

Benedetta, co-written and directed by Paul Verhoeven, is loosely based on the 1986 book Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy, about Benedetta Carlini (1591-1661), a Catholic abbess and mystic who was found guilty of having relations with one of her nuns and stripped of her rank and imprisoned.

The film is entitled Temptation in Russian.

“There is a scene of provocative content in the film, which is regarded as a violation of the legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, and religious associations,” Assistant to the Minister of Culture Anna Usacheva explained to gazeta.ru.

The Ministry did not specify to which scene it was referring, but critics of the film note that there are several with nudity and eroticism.

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