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November 29, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Screening Wed. Nov. 29.
“Questions of faith may sound dry but they often make for intensely dramatic, even pulse-pounding cinema. NOVITIATE is the latest case in point. A debut narrative feature for writer-director Maggie Betts, a hit at Sundance and already nominated for a Gotham breakthrough director award, NOVITIATE sure-handedly takes us inside the world of belief with care, concern and a piercing, discerning eye.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“A stirring, soulful convent drama from first-time director Maggie Betts features Melissa Leo in an Oscar-worthy performance as Mother Superior. The film is a potent provocation shot through with grit and grace.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“Mesmerizes as it probes a uniquely female-dominated milieu where passions – both religious, sexual and a combination of the two – run hot under those starched, lily-white coifs and black habits.” – Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter
Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity.