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Vatican II Rocks a Convent…


A film by Maggie Betts
Cast: Margaret Qualley, Dianna Agron, Morgan Saylor, Melissa Leo

USA / 2017 / 123 min / Drama / Rated R

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 threating 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.

Margaret Betts
Producers: Jessica Betts, Carole Peterman, Celine Rattray, Trudie Stylers
Cinematography: Kat Westergaard
Music: Christopher Stark
Editing: Susan E. Morse

“Mesmerizes. Something of a Revelation.” – The Hollywood Reporter / Full Report

“Excellent. Melissa Leo is extraordinary.” –Los Angeles Times / Full Report 

“A shining testament to the power of belief.” –Indiewire / Full Report 



Sundance Film Festival: 2017 Official Selection


  • Tuesday - 11/21/2017
  • 6:00 PM, 8:50 PM
  • Wednesday - 11/22/2017
  • 7:00 PM
  • Thursday - 11/23/2017
  • 7:00 PM
  • Friday - 11/24/2017
  • 4:35 PM, 9:50 PM
  • Saturday - 11/25/2017
  • 4:50 PM, 7:20 PM, 9:50 PM
  • Sunday - 11/26/2017
  • 1:30 PM, 6:50 PM
  • Monday - 11/27/2017
  • 9:20 PM

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