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Member Screening: NOVITIATE

Novitiate
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 7:00pm
New York City
Spanning over a decade from the early 1950s through to the mid-60s, NOVITIATE is about a young girl's first initiation with love, in this case with God. Raised by a non-religious, single mother in rural Tennessee, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen drawn into the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to the worship and servitude of God.

With the dawn of the Vatican II era, radical changes in the Church are threatening the course of nuns’ lives. As she progresses from the postulant to the novitiate stage of training, she finds her faith repeatedly confronted and challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a servant of God. Cathleen finds herself struggling with issues of faith, sexuality, and recent changes in life of the Church.

CAST: Margaret Qualley, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Morgan Saylor, Maddie Hasson, Liana Liberato and Melissa Leo

WRITER/DIRECTOR: Maggie Betts

PRODUCERS: Carole J. Peterman, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jessica Betts, Roland Betts, Maggie Betts