Petra Volpe talks about THE DIVINE ORDER, Switzerland’s Oscar Selection


THE DIVINE ORDER, a film by Petra Volpe is Switzerland’s submission for the 2018 Academy Awards – Best Foreign Language Film, and winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and Best Fiction Film at the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival, THE DIVINE ORDER will open at the Laemmle Royal and Playhouse 7 in Los Angeles on November 17. A national release will follow.

We had the opportunity of having a video interview with Petra Volpe, director of the DIVINE ORDER.

THE DIVINE ORDER 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 the 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.


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Bijan Tehrani

Bijan Tehrani a film director, film critic and writer, works as editor in chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language of Film and Film History at workshops nationwide. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children's books.

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