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FILM OPENS: December 01, 2017

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Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, THE DIVINE ORTHER is set in Switzerland in 1971 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. 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 is a time-capsule that could not be more timely.

  • Director: Petra Biondina Volpe
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2017
  • Run Time: 01:37:00
  • imdb Score: 7.2/10 (576 votes)
  • Language: German | English | Italian | Swiss
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig
"Volpe’s specificity with each characterization, including many of the men, humanizes what would otherwise be an issue-driven movie, and lends it an immediacy and resonance that fuels audience sympathies, not to mention understanding."
Todd Gilchrist - THE WRAP

"Though the story has a predictable ebb and flow, the film includes some stunning moments."

"THE DIVINE ORDER effectively illustrates how peer pressure can influence the political process. Collective silence, whether it’s from women unwilling to publicly press for their rights or men afraid to voice agreement with their wives for fear of looking weak around co-workers, proves more of an obstacle than any opponent. That message gives Ms. Volpe’s lark a timely edge."
Ben Kenigsberg - THE NEW YORK TIMES

"THE DIVINE ORDER is as milquetoast as these things get, but The Divine Order is as milquetoast as these things get, but Volpe’s film finds real value by emphasizing process over politics, by glossing over the eventual vote in favor of knuckling down on how one act of courage can spark a blaze that’s big enough to burn the whole system to the ground."
David Ehrlich - INDIEWIRE

"The most pleasurable part of watching this Nora’s story is seeing how the males in her life have to make room for her, and do some learning themselves."


Tribeca Film Festival 2017
Audience Award Best Feature and Jury Award Best Actress

San Diego Int'l Film Festival 2017
Best Global Cinema

Traverse City Film Festival 2017
Best Foreign Fiction and Audience Award Best Feature

Swiss Film Prize 2017
Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay

Film Club's The Lost Weekend 20147
Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actress and Best Ensemble Cast


Sydney Film Festival 2017

Munich Int'l Film Festival 2017

Locarno Film Festival 2017

Bergen Int'l Film Festival 2017

Hamptons Int'l Film Festival 2017

Mill Valley Film Festival 2017

San Diego Int'l Film Festival 2017

Chicago Int'l Film Festival 2017

Tallgrass Film Festival 2017

And more...