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The Divine Order

(Die Göttliche Ordnung)

Year 2017
Runtime 96 mins
Language German

Young housewife and mother Nora joins the women's suffrage movement in 1971 Switzerland, fanning the flames of major change through her quaint little village.

Switzerland, 1971. Nora is a young housewife and mother, living her life in relative contentment in a quaint village in the countryside. Unaffected by the major social unrest and the women's suffrage movement going on elsewhere, things are much the same as they have always been in her town, and Nora quietly goes about her days being friendly with everyone. But after her husband forbids her from going back to work, she joins the cause of her oppressed fellow women, unwilling to stay quiet any longer. Launching into a public stand on the issue, tensions between the townspeople and Nora rise ever higher as the day of the deciding vote draws near.

THE DIVINE ORDER is the latest project by Swiss filmmaker Petra Volpe. With women's voices at the centre of the narrative and behind the lens, this light-hearted suffrage story offers important commentary on the rights we take for granted in our daily lives. Winner of the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, the film's powerful and relevant message is connecting with audiences around the world.


Tribeca Film Festival, Audience Award
Tribeca Film Festival
Petra Volpe
Reto Schaerli, Lukas Hobi
Petra Volpe
Judith Kaufmann
Hansjörg Weissbrich
Production Design
Su Erdt
Annette Focks
Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky