“The Innocents”: Anne Fontaine’s Nun Drama

Inspired by a tragic episode of Polish history—the collective rape of a convent’s nuns by retreating Russian troops in 1945—, Anne Fontaine’s movie The Innocents opens tomorrow in New York and Los Angeles, followed by a national roll-out.

After making its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and appearing in French theaters, the critically acclaimed drama The Innocents opens stateside. Directed by Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel) and based on a true story, the film revolves around a young French doctor working for the Red Cross in Poland in 1945. Summoned to a convent, she discovers that the nuns of the order have suffered repeated sexual assaults at the hands of Soviet troops, leaving a number of them pregnant.

Opens July 1 at Lincoln Plaza Cinema and the Angelika Film Center in New York and at Playhouse 7 in Los Angeles; national roll-out to follow.

The teaser: