The North Shore International Film Series: Novitiate

Where: Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford, 33 Brooksbank Ave #200, North Vancouver, BC V7J 2B9
When: January 17th – March 7th
Price: Tickets $12 each (non-refundable).
Advanced tickets available online, by phone, in person, or at the cinema 6:30-7pm on Wed, February 21 (upon availability).
Online ticket sales end at 3pm on Wed, February 21.
Tickets purchased in advance will be available from 6:30-7pm at will call.

The North Shore International Film Series is presented by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council in cooperation with the Toronto International Film Festival.  Throughout the year a series of TIFF selections are screened at Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford Cinemas for special one-night-only viewings. Established in 2003, the North Shore International Film Series acts as a platform for unique cinematic experience, spotlighting quality Canadian, independent and foreign films.

USA, 2017 | English
123 minutes
Spanning over a decade from the early 1950s through to the mid-60s, Novitiate is about a young girl’s first experience with love. In this case, her first love is God. Raised by a vehemently non-religious, single mother in rural Tennessee, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen drawn into all 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. Cathleen finds herself struggling with issues of faith, sexuality, and the changing administration. 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.


The North Shore International Film Series, established in 2003, is a fundraiser benefiting the North Vancouver Community Arts Council’s programming and events throughout the North Shore.

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