Russia bans film about lesbian nun

Moscow, September 21, 2021 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

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.

According to, the head of the Orthodox Forty Forties Movement (referring to the saying that there were 40x40 churches in Moscow before the Bolshevik revolution) Andrei Kormukhin had filed a complaint about the film.

“This film doesn’t correspond to the concept of spiritual and moral values ​​on the territory of the state of Russia, so it naturally shouldn’t be shown. We are not engaged in showing pornography, right? This film is about the same thing,” he said.

Vakhtang Kipshidze, Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate for Church Relations with Society and the Media, agreed, noting that according to the description of the film, several scenes are essentially pornographic, and the distribution of pornography is prohibited in Russia.

State Parliamentary Deputy Vitaly Milonov commented: “The film is a mockery. For the West, this is the norm. In Russia, this is not allowed, because people have a different attitude to sacred things.”

The film was earlier nominated for the highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The ban on the film was published on the site of the Ministry of Culture on Friday. It was set to premier in Russia on October 7.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Vkontakte, Telegram, WhatsApp, MeWe, and Gab!


Zach9/24/2021 3:26 am
Good on ya Russia. Stateside, and worldwide I guess, pornography is a crippling addiction that ruins lives. Access to it is so easy for everyone, especially the young. I'm glad some countries have the sense to at least curb the devil's efforts. Bless God.
Rick Vergara9/21/2021 4:25 pm
Western Europeans are no longer intelligent enough to grasp the concept of sacred. They are quite devolved.
Here you can leave your comment on the present article, not exceeding 4000 characters. All comments will be read by the editors of OrthoChristian.Com.
Enter through FaceBook
Your name:
Your e-mail:
Enter the digits, seen on picture:

Characters remaining: 4000

to our mailing list

* indicates required