The Divine Order


Official Academy Award submission from Switzerland!

The Divine Order is set in Switzerland in 1971 – a time and place where, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. When unassuming and dutiful housewife Nora (Marie Leuenberger, winner of a Best Actress award at Tribeca) is forbidden by her husband to take a part-time job, her frustration leads to her becoming the poster child of her town’s suffragette movement.

“Inspired and inspiring … a model for the kind of political struggle that’s needed now more than ever.”- Amy Taubin, Film Comment

Her newfound celebrity brings humiliation, threats, and the potential end to her marriage, but, refusing to back down, she convinces the women in her village to go on strike … and makes a few startling discoveries about her own liberation. Uplifting and crowd-pleasing, this charming, captivating film about regular people demanding their right to an equal voice is a time-capsule that could not be more timely. (Dir. by Petra Biondina Volpe, 2017, Switzerland, in German/English/Italian/Swiss German with English subtitles, 96 mins., Not Rated)

Other Festival Appearances: Tribeca, Calgary, Chicago

Winner: Audience Award for Best Feature, Tribeca Film Festival

Thanks to our community partner, WOSAC – Women’s Studies Advisory Council.