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Verhoeven in work of lesbian drama

(170209) -- BERLIN, Feb. 9, 2017 (Xinhua) -- President of the jury for the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival, Dutch director Paul Verhoeven speaks during a press conferecne in Berlin, capital of Germany, on Feb. 9, 2017. (Xinhua/Shan Yuqi) (gl)

Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven who is active both in the US as well as Netherlands  is directing a lesbian nun drama based on the life of controversial Italian nun Benedetta Carlini….reports Asian Lite News

 Dutch director Paul Verhoeven.

“Blessed Virgin” will chronicle Carlini’s life in the 17th century, with Virginie Efira essaying the protagonist.

Production has now begun on the film which is based on the book “Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy” by Judith C. Brown.

Gerard Soeteman has adapted the work.

Producer Saïd Ben Saïd announced the news on Twitter.

Born in 1591, Carlini is a significant figure for historians of women’s spirituality and lesbianism.

At 30, she was made abbess of a convent in Pescia where she claimed she was experiencing visions of being murdered. It was later found that she had engaged in sexual relations with a fellow nun, whom she was accused of molesting.