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Movie Review – The Divine Order (2017)

The Divine Order, 2017.

Written and Directed by Petra Volpe.

Starring Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky, Ella Rumpf, Sofia Helm, and Nicholas Ofczarek.


With the vote over granting women’s suffrage fast approaching, one woman raises her voice in support in a small, Swiss town.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in your own country’s history and forget the fights taking place in other parts of the world. The Divine Order, Switzerland’s submission for this year’s Oscar’s Best Foreign Language film, opens with footage from the woman’s rights movement in America. Meanwhile, in Switzerland in 1971, women don’t have the right to vote, young girls deemed sexually promiscuous can be sent to jail by their parents, and a wife can’t legally get a job without her husband’s consent.

In its best parts, Divine Order shows
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Interview: Director Petra Volpe on Swiss Oscar Submission 'The Divine Order'

By Jose Solís

I don’t remember exactly what horrible thing the new Us administration had announced it wanted to do the day I found myself walking into The Divine Order at the Tribeca Film Festival. I knew nothing about the movie and decided I’d give it ten minutes to capture my attention and help me escape whatever ghastly reality was shaping outside. I didn’t want to watch anything about war, genocide etcetera.

All I wanted was hope, and boy did Petra Volpe’s lovely film deliver...
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Interview, Audio: Director Petra Volpe Issues ‘The Divine Order’

Chicago – It is astounding to note that Switzerland did not have the vote for women until 1971. Writer/director Petra Volpe was also astounded at the ignorance of that history, so she set out to create a drama about the event. “The Divine Order” is set in a small Switzerland village, where the winds of change are coming.

“Order” features Marie Leuenberger and Maximilian Simonischek, portraying Nora and Hans, a couple whose marriage is at the crossroads. By happenstance, Nora is drawn into the Switzerland feminist movement in the early 1970s, against the dictate (the “divine order”) that states men are the absolute heads of the household, and are the only ones that can vote in the country. Nora’s journey represents the awakening of women in Switzerland, which brought a new equality. Writer/director Petra Volpe created a fictional village, with characters that symbolized the various factions both for and
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53rd Chicago International Film Festival Review – The Divine Order (2017)

The Divine Order, 2017.

Written and Directed by Petra Volpe.

Starring Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky, Ella Rumpf, Sofia Helm, and Nicholas Ofczarek.


Switzerland, 1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother who lives with her husband and their two sons in a peaceful little village. Here, in the Swiss countryside, little or nothing is felt of the huge social upheavals that the movement of May 1968 has caused. Nora’s life, too, has been unaffected; she is a retiring, quiet person, well liked by everyone – until she begins to campaign publicly and pugnaciously for women’s right to vote, an issue that will be put before the male voters on February 7th, 1971.

While a large chunk of the world was undergoing dramatic progressive changes for the better (or liberal propaganda as it’s called by the antagonists here), the men residing in Switzerland
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Record Number of European Oscar® Entries at Efp’s La Screenings

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European Film Promotion highlights 28 European films for the 90th Academy AwardsPutting a spotlight on a record number of 28 European Oscar® entries, Efp (European Film Promotion) offers additional screenings of the films in L.A. for Academy members, journalists, U.S. distributors and international buyers. With the special support of the Efp member organizations, the event helps the productions to stand out among a record number of 92 submissions for the 90th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

This year the Efp Screenings Of Oscar® Entries From Europe were held from November 2–15 at the state of the art Dick Clark Screening Room. The campaign is financially supported by the Creative Europe — Media Programme of the European Union and the participating Efp member organizations.

Many of the European Oscar submissions feature European Shooting Stars or were made by Efp-related filmmakers. Notably four films were realized by participants of this year’s edition
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Interview with ‘The Divine Order’ Director, Petra Biondina Volpe

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Watching The Divine Order made me laugh and yet I know it was such a serious subject. To think that women not only could not vote in Switzerland until 1971, but “they were not allowed to open a bank account until 1988. They couldn’t sign contracts for an apartment. That’s one of the first things that women took on after the right to vote, they really said, we need to change marital law, ” Petra Volpe told me as we spoke over coffee at Alfred on Melrose Place today.

You laugh because it’s so horrible,” says Volpe, “and you can also see at the moment how important comedy is in America because you derive some kind of solace from it…I love movies that make me cry and laugh at the same time and I think humor is a very powerful tool to seduce people to come to the cinema and to open their hearts.
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‘The Divine Order’ Film Review: Swiss Oscar Entry Celebrates Seventies Suffragettes

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‘The Divine Order’ Film Review: Swiss Oscar Entry Celebrates Seventies Suffragettes
At a time when the news cycle feels like a daily reminder of how bad things are, “The Divine Order” provides a welcome reminder that at the very least, they’re better than they used to be. With Switzerland’s selection for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, writer-director Petra Biondina Volpe skillfully balances the personal and political in a spirited, rousing chronicle of Switzerland’s women’s suffrage movement, filtered through the experiences of a handful of locals who are tired of being marginalized even — or maybe especially — in their small village. The year is 1971: Marie Leuenberger
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Review: ‘The Divine Order’ Captures a Political Battle on a Human Level

The opening transition from credits to film of Petra Biondina Volpe’s Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award-winning The Divine Order is absolute perfection. With Jo Jo Benson and Peggy Scott-Adams’ “Soulshake” playing atop images from America spanning women’s liberation, civil rights, Woodstock, and more, we begin to see the impact of political revolutions changing the very fabric of first world societies. And then with a record scratch we’re transported to a rural village in Switzerland at the exact same time: the quiet patriarchal status quo of men at work and women at home intact with seemingly no end approaching. The nation was one of the last developed democracies to grant women voting rights with some districts holding out until 1990. Volpe has captured that tenacious struggle.

She does it by creating a sleepy town of rigid conservatives. Think about those red states in America that were targeted by
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Official Oscar® Entry from Switzerland ‘Divine Order’ Best Foreign Language Category

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It’s hard to believe that up until 1971, “The Divine Order” was being invoked as the reason women did not have the right to vote in Switzerland. This sweetly moving demonstration of what can be accomplished with people band together (in this case, the women of a small village in Switzerland) is a joy to watch.Marie Leuenberger as Nora

“The more we push, the more the men do what they want,” Nora, played by Marie Leuenberger tells a pamphleteer encouraging approval of the referendum about to be voted upon granting women the right to vote in a very conservative Swiss village.

Nora is a young housewife and mother who lives with her husband, their two sons and her father-in-law in a little village. Here, in the Swiss countryside, little or nothing is felt of the huge social upheavals that the movement of May 1968 has caused. Nora’s life, too,
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Interview: Swiss Filmmaker Petra Volpe on Making 'The Divine Order'

"Sometimes you need luck as a director. We always think it's all about control and it is a lot about control when you direct a movie, but it's also about things that you can't foresee." There's a film now playing in theaters titled The Divine Order, from Swiss writer/director Petra Volpe. The film is Switzerland's entry in the Oscars this year and it's obvious why when you see it. This very entertaining, exciting, engaging film tells the story of a woman in a mountain town in Switzerland who rallies other women to join in the fight for the right to vote. Swiss women only passed a law in 1971. I had a chance to talk with writer & director Petra Volpe and I'm so happy I did - she's a joy to talk with and had much to say about making empowering films. I highly recommend seeking out The Divine Order
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The Loft Film Festival 2017

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The Loft Film Festival 2017
Better than ever, now in its seventh year, the spectacular program with its filmmaking guests and a committed community of dedicated and intellectually alive filmgoers invigorates the mind and activist tendencies already in play.

Take for instance, University of Arizona Professor Noam Chomsky, one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world, speaking with Regents’ Professor Toni Massaro about social justice and the environment. Here he is, in person, being honored as every word he speaks is treated as a jewel. Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Chomsky has written more than 100 books, his most recent being Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power. An ardent free speech advocate, Chomsky has published and lectured widely on U.S. foreign policy, Mideast politics, terrorism, democratic society and war. Chomsky, who joined the UA faculty this fall, is a laureate professor in the Department of
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International Newswire: Netflix Leads Streaming Pack in Oz

International Newswire: Netflix Leads Streaming Pack in Oz
In today’s International Newswire, Netflix is top dog among streaming platforms in Australia; Studio Hamburg launches Paradise Papers documentary; ‘The Divine Order’ opens Zagreb Film Festival; and South Africa’s M-Net 101 picks up “Dancing with the Stars.”

In a new report on subscription VOD in Australia, London-based research group Ampere Analysis found that Netflix is the top Svod service in the country, followed by Stan and Foxtel Now. Ampere estimates that the number of hours of TV and movies available on Netflix has nearly tripled in the last three years, addressing early concerns about the strength of its offer. Australia is one of Netflix’s strongest markets in terms of the size of its catalog. While Svod is extremely popular in Australia and has made significant inroads, pay-tv service growth has stalled – 51% of Australian internet users have at least one Svod subscription versus 35% taking pay-tv.

Studio Hamburg Offers Paradise Papers Doc

Current events are likely to give
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Sliff 2017 Review – The Divine Order

The Divine Order (Die Gottliche Ordnung) will screen at Plaza Frontenac Cinema (Lindbergh Blvd. and Clayton Rd, Frontenac, Mo 63131) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Tickets for the Friday, November 3rd, screening at 8pm can be purchased Here, while tickets for the Saturday, November 4th, screening at 2:30pm can be purchased Here.

The Swiss film The Divine Order tells the tale of a group of ordinary Swiss women in a little village during Switzerland’s fight for women’s suffrage. The shocking part is this story takes place in early 1971, as Switzerland is gearing up for a February 1971 national referendum on giving women the vote. Yes, that is right, Swiss women were fighting for the right to vote as the rest of the Western world was immersed in Women’s Lib and the Sexual Revolution. It is a lot of catching up to do all at once.
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European Film Promotion Highlights 28 Oscar Contenders at L.A. Screenings

European Film Promotion is highlighting 28 European films in the race for the 90th Academy Awards by offering additional screenings of the features in L.A. for Academy members, journalists, distributors and international buyers.

Efp Oscar Screenings will be held from Nov. 2-15 at the Dick Clark Prods. Screening Room in Santa Monica. The campaign is financially supported by Creative Europe — Media Programme of the European Union and participating Efp member organizations.

The series will take place concurrently with the American Film Market, where Efp is hosting a Europe Umbrella for the 19th year to facilitate business activities of European world sales agents, producers, and Efp members. Afm runs through Nov. 8 in Santa Monica.

Four films airing at Efp Oscar Screenings were recognized by participants of this year’s Producers on the Move, including Ana Urushadze’s Georgian film “Scary Mother,” Gints Grube’s Latvian film “The Chronicles of Melanie,” Alan Maher’s “Song of Granite” and [link=nm
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Joshua Reviews Petra Volpe’s The Divine Order [Theatrical Review]

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Not only are we knee deep in the fall film season, but over the last handful of weeks we’ve seen an onslaught of legitimate Oscar contenders finally arrive in theaters, particularly of the foreign variety. As more and more nations not only make their submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar known but see domestic distributors toss them into theaters, some genuinely surprising discoveries are seemingly cropping up with each new slate of releases.

Few more genuinely moving than the latest film from director Petra Volpe.

Entitled The Divine Order, Volpe’s new film is Switzerland’s Oscar submission, and is a real discovery for those willing to take a chance on a lesser talked about picture. An award winner from this year’s Tribeca Film Festival Divine introduces us to Nora, a housewife on the brink of upheaval. Frustrated endlessly by her overbearing and controlling husband, the
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‘The Divine Order’ Review: Switzerland’s Oscar Submission Is a Feminist Crowdpleaser About Women Finding their Strength

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‘The Divine Order’ Review: Switzerland’s Oscar Submission Is a Feminist Crowdpleaser About Women Finding their Strength
These days, it would be difficult to deny the appeal of living in an idyllic mountain town where time stands still — the kind of place that’s easily forgotten by the outside world, and where the outside world is easily forgotten in turn. And yet, all the rustic beauty in the world can’t stop Nora (Marie Leuenberger) from feeling like she’s been left behind.

A modest housewife in the postcard-perfect Swiss canton of Appenzell, her days are spent feeding her boorish husband (Max Simonischek), spoiling their two sons, and cleaning up after her old-fashioned father-in-law, who really needs to find a better hiding spot for his porn magazines. The year is 1971, and Nora can feel the fires of change burning all around her, hear the whispers about women’s liberation that are carried up the hills on the wind, but that’s the thing about living in such
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The Divine Order Movie Review

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The Divine Order Movie Review
The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) Zeitgeist Films Director: Petra Biondina Volpe Written by: Petra Biondina Volpe Cast: Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli Screened at:Critics’ link, NYC, 9/8/17 Opens: October 27, 2017 In my next life I’d like to be born in Switzerland. Every movie filmed there makes the country […]

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53rd Chicago International Film Festival Capsule Review – The Divine Order (2017)

In The Divine Order, Switzerland’s early 1970s struggle for women rights is represented by two families at the center of the movement, mainly Nora (Marie Leuenberger) who seeks a more meaningful purpose in life, fancying the prospect of working as a secretary upon seeing an opening in a newspaper advertisement. According to her husband Hans Maximilian Simonischek), she is forbidden from taking the job as the law dictates she must comply with whatever he wishes. Naturally, a movie like The Divine Order functions at its best when we see subjugation in action, giving audiences, even more, a reason to root for these determined and ambitious women. Unfortunately, most, if not all, of the characters come across as competently acted archetypes that don’t really make much of an impact.

The Divine Order screens at the Chicago International Film Festival on:

Thu, Oct 19, 2017 6:00 Pm

Scheduled To Attend:

Director Petra Volpe

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Foreign-Language Oscar Race is 27 Percent Women-Directed

Mattie Do’s “Dearest Sister” was submitted by Laos

We’ll have to wait until January 23 for Oscar nominations to be announced, but the Academy has released the titles of all of the films competing in the foreign-language Oscar race. According to Deadline, a record-setting number of countries have submitted films for consideration in the category. Of 92 films vying for a nomination, 25 are directed or co-directed by women by our count — an encouraging 27 percent. A nine-film shortlist will follow before final nominations are revealed.

Nineteen percent of last year’s crop of films submitted in this category were directed or co-directed by women. Just one of them ended up scoring a nod — Maren Ade’s daughter-father dramedy “Toni Erdmann.”

For comparison’s sake, consider the fact that none of this year’s or last year’s Best Picture nominees were helmed by women. The last time a woman-directed film received a Best Picture nomination was Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” back in 2015. So, women directors are better represented in the foreign-language category — featuring women directors from all over the world — than the largely American Best Picture race.

We’ve reported on some of the women-helmed features that have been submitted for the upcoming 90th Academy Awards, including Roya Sadat’s “A Letter to the President,” a drama about an official grappling with tribal laws, Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” an adaptation of human rights activist Loung Ung’s non-fiction book, and Annemarie Jacir’s “Wajib,” a dramedy about a father and his estranged son.

Other titles in the running include Mattie Do’s “Dearest Sister,” the story of a girl who can communicate with the dead, and Mijke de Jong’s “Layla M.” a drama about a teenage Muslim who becomes radicalized.

Check out all of the women-directed films submitted by their respective countries below. List adapted from Deadline.

Afghanistan, “A Letter to the President,” Roya Sadat, director;

Argentina, “Zama,” Lucrecia Martel, director;

Armenia, “Yeva,” Anahit Abad, director;

Australia, “The Space Between,” Ruth Borgobello, director;

Bulgaria, “Glory,” Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva, directors;

Cambodia, “First They Killed My Father,” Angelina Jolie, director;

Croatia, “Quit Staring at My Plate,” Hana Jušić, director;;

Ecuador, “Alba,” Ana Cristina Barragán, director;

Georgia, “Scary Mother,” Ana Urushadze, director;

Haiti, “Ayiti Mon Amour,” Guetty Felin, director;

Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director;

Iran, “Breath,” Narges Abyar, director;

Lao People’s Democratic Republic, “Dearest Sister,” Mattie Do, director;

Luxembourg, “Barrage,” Laura Schroeder, director;

Mexico, “Tempestad,” Tatiana Huezo, director;

Netherlands, “Layla M.,” Mijke de Jong, director;

Palestine, “Wajib,” Annemarie Jacir, director;

Panama, “Beyond Brotherhood,” Arianne Benedetti, director;

Poland, “Spoor,” Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik, directors;

Singapore, “Pop Aye,” Kirsten Tan, director;

Slovenia, “The Miner,” Hanna A. W. Slak, director;

Spain, “Summer 1993,” Carla Simón, director;

Switzerland, “The Divine Order,” Petra Volpe, director;

Taiwan, “Small Talk,” Hui-Chen Huang, director;

Thailand, “By the Time It Gets Dark,” Anocha Suwichakornpong, director;

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Oscars: Record 92 Countries Submit for Foreign-Language Race

Oscars: Record 92 Countries Submit for Foreign-Language Race
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday that 92 countries have submitted films for consideration in this year’s foreign-language Oscar race. The number marks a new milestone and record for the category.

Among the first-time entrants are Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal, and Syria.

Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” won the prize at February’s Oscars ceremony. The director refused to attend the ceremony in protest to Donald Trump’s travel ban on a number of predominantly-Muslim countries. In his stead, Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari accepted the honor.

High-profile contenders in this year’s race include Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” from Cambodia, Michael Haneke’s “Happy End” from Austria, Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” from Chile, Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” from France, Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot” from Israel, Joachim Trier’s “Thelma” from Norway, and
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