october, 2017

fri06oct6:30 pmDIVINE ORDER, THE6:30 pm

Event Details

Writer/Director: Petra Volpe | 96-mins. | Switzerland | 2017 | Comedy | TRAILER

Premiere! 1971. Nora is a young housewife and mother living with her husband and their two sons in a quaint little village in the Swiss countryside, which is so far untouched by the major social upheavals the movement of 1968 has brought about. Protests for Civil Rights, the Sexual Revolution, and the Youth & Counterculture Movements are barely on the radar in Nora’s village. Nora’s life has not been affected either; she is a quiet person who is liked by everybody – but everything changes when she starts to publicly fight for Swiss women’s right to vote, which Swiss men are due to vote on in a ballot on February 7, 1971. Swiss language with English subtitles.

About the Director:
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.

Director’s Statement:
Petra Volpe was in preparations for her feature debut DREAMLAND and simultaneously writing the script to HEIDI, when she began developing the idea for THE DIVINE ORDER with producers Reto Schaerli and Lukas Hobi in September 2011. The fact that Switzerland did not grant women the same political rights as men until February 1971 — as one of the last developed democracies in the world — is a well-known fact in Switzerland and beyond… and perhaps from today’s perspective a curiosity. To make a film about it was the starting point of the script development for THE DIVINE ORDER. Producer Reto Schaerli: “Petra Volpe’s challenge as a screenwriter for THE DIVINE ORDER was to develop an independent story that didn’t rest on the issue of women’s suffrage. The historical circumstance is an exciting vessel, but it has to be filled with content.” Petra Volpe conducted extensive research for the script. She met and interviewed important exponents of the struggle for women’s suffrage.

Age appropriate for: 14+ (Mature themes)
Language: Swiss
Print source: Filmswelike


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