Showman: Paul Verhoeven

Friday, November 26 - Thursday, December 2, 2021

Lurid, bawdy, sly and spectacular, Verhoeven’s films have never been afraid to push buttons. IFC Center’s series revisits some of the filmmaker’s most outrageous visions, from boundary-pushing Hollywood work like ROBOCOP, STARSHIP TROOPERS, the controversial BASIC INSTINCT (whose new 4K restoration has its NYC premiere in the program), and the reviled-but-beloved SHOWGIRLS, to recent arthouse provocations BLACK BOOK, TRICKED and ELLE.

Verhoeven’s new film BENEDETTA is based on the true story of a 17th-century nun (Virginie Efira) who becomes entangled in a lesbian affair with a new arrival in her convent. But it’s Benedetta’s shocking religious visions that threaten to shake her mother superior’s (Charlotte Rampling) faith—and the Church itself—to its core.

Check out the full series schedule here!

Check out our series trailer below:

Showman: The Films of Paul Verhoeven from IFC Center on Vimeo.

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