Novitiate — Trailer


added: Thu, Aug 3rd '17

Academy Award-winner Melissa Leo may very well end up generating some Oscar buzz for what looks like a commanding performance as the nun from hell in the upcoming 1964-set nunnery drama "Novitiate," for which a trailer has just been released.

In the 60s-era film, Leo plays Reverend Mother Marie St. Claire, a ruthless mother superior who, while running a convent for young nuns in training, strongly disapproves of the current reform movement in the Catholic church.

Meanwhile, Margaret Qualley (from HBO's "The Leftovers") stars as Sister Cathleen, the young nun at the center of the drama, which also casts Glee's Dianna Agron, Homeland's Morgan Saylor, Maddie Hasson, and Liana Liberato as nuns.

Co-starring Julianne Nicholson (Black Mass), Denis O'Hare (This Is Us), and Chris Zylka (The Leftovers), "Novitiate" marks the promising feature debut of writer-director Margaret Betts, who previously helmed the acclaimed HIV-themed documentary "The Carrier."

"Novitiate" premiered to rave reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival. It's now slated for a theatrical release beginning October 27th.

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.


directed by   Margaret Betts

starring   Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron,Morgan Saylor, Maddie Hasson, Liana Liberato, Denis O'Hare, Chris Zylka

release date   October 27, 2017 (NY, LA; other cities to follow)

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