Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for Novitiate, which stars Margaret Qualley as a young woman who sets upon the arduous journey to become a nun in the 1950s. The film also stars Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Morgan Saylor
Maddie Hasson, Liana Liberto, Rebecca Dayan, Eline Powell, and Denis O’Hare. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where Maggie Betts won the Breakthrough Director award for it.
Novitiate opens in theaters 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 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.