The Divine Order



Date: April 27, 2018

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre

Cost: $7/each

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2017 (Not Rated) 96 min. Switzerland/subtitles
Director: Petra Volpe
Cast: Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, 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 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 at the same time she 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. Switzerland’s submission for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film.

“Incisive…Stirring…THE DIVINE ORDER is both a celebration…and a gentle reminder that sometimes it just takes one person to stand up, call bullshit, and get that snowball rolling.” – April Wolfe, THE VILLAGE VOICE

“Inspired and inspiring…A model for the kind of political struggle that’s now needed more than ever.” – Amy Taubin, FILM COMMENT

“Entertaining…affecting and diverting!” – Boyd van Hoeij, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“An unexpected delight.” – Ren Jender, THE VILLAGE VOICE

“A mainstream crowd-pleaser adept at inspiring and amusing in equal measure.” Nick Schager, VARIETY

“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