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The Divine Order

International Narrative Competition

International Premiere

Switzerland | 96 MINUTES | Swiss-German | English subtitles


Drama, Female Director(s), Comedy, Female Screenwriter(s)
Political and religious leaders in Switzerland cited the Divine Order as the reason why women still did not have to right to vote as late as 1970. Director Petra Volpe explores this surprising history through the story of Nora, a seemingly unremarkable housewife from a quaint village who must learn to become an unflinching suffragette leader. After organizing the village’s first meeting to support women getting the right to vote, her family is mocked, bullied, and shunned. Despite the obstacles and backlash, Nora perseveres and convinces the village women to go on strike, abandoning their homes and families. A strong ensemble cast brings the story to its inspirational conclusion when Swiss women finally secure the right to vote in 1971. The Divine Order is a heartfelt and captivating film about regular people demanding their right to an equal voice.

—Dan Hunt


Directed by Petra Volpe

Swiss/Italian director and writer, Petra Volpe, studied film at the Film Academy "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg. During her studies she wrote and directed several short films. After she got her Master's Degree in 2003 she proceeded to work as a freelance writer and director. Volpe’s films have won numerous awards. She is based in NY and Berlin.
Petra Volpe
Petra Volpe
Judith Kaufmann
Hansjörg Weissbrich
Annette Focks
Reto Schaerli, Lukas Hobi
Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky


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