THE DIVINE ORDER (DIE GÖTTLICHE ORDNUNG)
Sat. Nov. 11, 2017 7:30 PM – Closing Night Film
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco
San Francisco Premiere
96 mins. Switzerland (2017). Digital Projection. Swiss German with English subtitles.
Director: Petra Volpe
Starring: Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky
Screenplay: Petra Volpe
Cinematography: Judith Kaufmann
Editor: Hansjörg Weissbrich, BFS
Producers: Reto Schaerli, Lukas Hobi
U.S. Distributor: Zeitgeist Films, New York City
Switzerland's Official Entry to the 2018 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film consideration.
Political and religious leaders in Switzerland cited the Divine Order as the reason why women still did not have the right to vote as late as 1970. Director Petra Volpe explores this surprising history through the story of Nora (Marie Leuenberger), a seemingly unremarkable housewife from a quaint village who must learn to become an unflinching suffragette leader. After organizing the villages first meeting to support women getting the right to vote, her family is mocked, bullied, and shunned. Despite the obstacles and backlash, Nora perseveres and convinces the village women to go on strike, abandoning their homes and families. A strong ensemble cast brings the story to its inspirational conclusion when Swiss women finally secure the right to vote in 1971. The Divine Order is a heartfelt and captivating film about regular people demanding their right to an equal voice. – Dan Hunt, Tribeca Film Festival
The Divine Order won three awards following its International Premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, including the Audience Award and the Jury Award for Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature for Marie Leuenberger. With seven nominations, the film won three awards at the 2017 Swiss Film Prize: Best Actress for Marie Leuenberger, Best Performance in a Supporting Role for Rachel Braunschweig, and Best Screenplay by Petra Volpe.
Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco