The Divine Order


Rafael 2 Sat, Oct 7, 2017 5:30 PM
Lark Theatre Sun, Oct 8, 2017 6:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:96 min.
Director:Petra Volpe
Producer:Lukas Hobi
Reto Schärli
Screenwriter:Petra Biondina Volpe
Cinematographer:Judith Kaufmann
Editor:Hansjörg Weißbrich
Cast:Marie Leuenberger
Maximilian Simonischek
Rachel Braunschweig
Note Writer:Melissa Howden


A bucolic alpine village becomes a battleground for social change in 1970 Switzerland in writer/director Petra Volpe’s uplifting drama. The right to vote, taken for granted by most Western women, is still a year away for Swiss females. Mother of two Nora wants to get a job. But working outside the home is not legally possible without her husband’s permission—and he’s not giving it. Her free-spirited niece Hanna has it even worse: Her father has arranged a prison cell to keep her away from her older boyfriend. Nora reaches a breaking point with the patriarchy. Defying her husband and conservative village elders, she begins actively campaigning for suffrage, soon joined by other townswomen. In both fierce and humorous ways, Nora and her compatriots push against entrenched attitudes that favor inequality. Nora’s awakening is beautiful to witness as she literally finds her voice and emancipates not only herself, but also her family, friends, and community.

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Screenwriter and director Petra Volpe (CH/I) studied at the Film Academy Konrad Wolf in Potsdam Babelsberg. During her studies she wrote and directed several short films. Since completing her diploma in 2003, she has worked as an independent writer and director. Petra Volpe lives in Berlin and New York. Petra Volpe's debut film, Dreamland, was released in Swiss cinemas in the spring of 2014 after a successful festival tour and was nominated for four Swiss Film Awards.