(Die göttliche Ordnung)

Directed by Petra Volpe | Switzerland | 2017 | 96 min



Thursday, November 30, 2017
7:00pm @
McConomy Auditorium, CMU


Tickets will be available at the door.

(Suggested Pricing: $10 | $5 for Students & Seniors)



  • Dessert Reception courtesy of La Gourmandine
  • Exclusive Skype Q&A with Director Petra Volpe moderated by Pitt Film Studies Professor Dr. Dana Och


SPONSORED BY: CMU Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, CMU Gender Programs and LGBTQ + Initiatives, Swiss-American Society of Pittsburgh, & Pitt's Film Studies Program


“[The Divine Order] radiates an infectious admiration for the courage shown by its heroines in the face of immense obstacles.”

- Nick Schager, Variety

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Divine Order is set in Switzerland in 1971 where women are still denied the right to vote. When Nora (Marie Leuenberger, winner of a Best Actress award at Tribeca), an unfulfilled housewife, is forbidden by her husband from taking a part-time job, her growing interest in women's liberation turns her into the poster child for her town's suffragette movement. Refusing to back down in the face of opposition, she convinces the women in her village to go on strike. In today's world where many are still fighting to be heard, The Divine Order is an uplifting look at how much change a small group--or even one person--can enact if they stand up for what they believe in.

Watch the trailer here.


  • Switzerland's 2018 Oscar entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Award
  • Traverse City Film Festival 2017, Audience Award for Best Fiction Film & Founders Award for Best Foreign Fiction Film
  • Tribeca Film Festival 2017, New York Audience Award for Best Feature Film, Best Actress in an International Narrtive Feature Film, & Nora Ephron Prize
  • Swiss Film Prize 2017, Best Actress (Marie Leunberger), Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Rachel Braunschweig), & Best Screenplay
  • San Diego International Film Festival 2017, Best Global Cinema


Swiss screenwriter and director Petra Volpe 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. Her debut film "Dreamland" was released in Swiss cinemas in the spring of 2014 after a successful tour and was nominated for four Swiss Film Awards. Volpe's latest feature "The Divine Order" is Switzerland's 2018 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film.