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The Divine Order (15*) + ScreenTalk with Petra Volpe

Part of: Nevertheless, She Persisted

A still from The Divine Order, 2017

When housewife Nora (Marie Leuenberger) slowly comes to a political awakening, she joins with the women of a sleepy Swiss town to campaign for the vote in 1971. 

A committed wife and mother, Nora is nonetheless bored by routine and aware of the accommodations she must make for her piggish father-in-law, demanding sons, and controlling husband Hans (Max Simonischek), who bans her from taking up a part-time job. 

After an episode in Zurich with her rebellious niece, Nora makes cautious, yet determined steps into feminist consciousness. Together with old-hand Vroni (Sybille Brunner) and divorce Graziella (Marta Zoffoli), band together, go on strike and develop a strong solidarity. 

Writer and director Petra Volpe’s warm, funny and energetic storytelling brings out the humour and chutzpah needed by women like these to make a change, especially in a few enraging moments of old-fashioned thinking. 

We are delighted to welcome filmmaker Petra Volpe in conversation with Simran Hans after the film.

Switzerland  2017 Dir Petra Volpe 96 min

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.

Simran Hans is a writer and a film critic for The Observer.

*This film is locally classified by Barbican Cinema 

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This film is F-Rated. The F-Rating is a classification for any film which is directed by a woman, and/or written by a woman, and/or features significant women on screen in their own right.

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Watch: Nevertheless, She Persisted

Inspired by the 100-year anniversary of the first women gaining the right to vote in the UK, we present a timely season of feature films and documentaries that look at women’s rebellious and often dangerous strides towards equality.

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