The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung)

The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung)

© Pascal Mora
© Pascal Mora
Closing Night:
Sunday, November 5, 7:30 pm

Switzerland, 2017, 96 min., Director / Screenplay: Petra Volpe, With: Marie Leunenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sofia Helin, US Sales: Zeitgeist Films

  • Audience Narrative Award; Nora Ephron Prize; Best Actress in an international narrative (Tribeca Film Festival 2017)
  • Switzerland’s submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

Closing night reception takes place before the screening from 6:30-7:15.
Discussion with director Petra Volpe (via Skype), moderated by Sky Sitney, follows the screening.

Doing laundry, vacuuming, cooking and caring for her husband and two sons. That’s the submissive routine that Nora, a 45-year-old housewife from a Swiss village in the early 70s, is stuck in. The seemingly peaceful Swiss countryside has not yet been affected by the social upheavals that the May 1968 movement caused. But when her husband refuses to allow her to work – a privilege granted to him by law – the quiet and well-liked Nora starts campaigning for equality and the right to vote. A difficult task when even Mrs. Wimpf, the leader of her social club, regards gender equality as a “sin against nature.” As developments gradually unfold, there’s no clear turning point or villain, but instead a society that needs to redefine its identity as a whole.

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Petra Volpe © Nadja Klier

Petra Volpe's
(b. 1970, Suhr) most recent feature film retells the little-known fact about the late arrival of women’s voting rights in Switzerland.