THE DIVINE ORDER
DIE GÖTTLICHE ORDNUNG
2017, 96 min, Switzerland, Dir: Petra Volpe

Despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, Swiss women were still denied the right to vote in 1970. When unassuming and dutiful housewife Nora (Marie Leuenberger) is forbidden by her husband (Maximilian Simonischek) to take a part-time job, her frustration leads her to stand up not only for herself but for her fellow women as well, and she inadvertently becomes the poster child for her town’s suffragette movement. Although her newfound celebrity brings humiliation, threats and the potential end to her marriage, Nora refuses to back down, eventually convincing the women in her village to go on strike - and making some startling discoveries about her own liberation in the process. Supported by a strong ensemble cast and by cinematographer Judith Kaufmann's captivating visuals, writer-director Volpe’s period drama is an inspirational and timely tale about everyday people demanding their right to an equal voice. Switzerland’s official submission for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.


DREAMLAND
TRAUMLAND
2013, 99 min, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Dir: Petra Volpe

On Christmas Eve in Zürich, four stories of duplicity and alienation unfold. Pregnant Lena (Ursina Lardi) learns of her husband Martin’s (Devid Striesow) ongoing infidelities as she prepares the family’s Christmas celebration. Social worker Judith (Bettina Stucky) meets a police officer in a hotel room to act out fantasies she’d never propose to her boyfriend, Jonas (Stefan Kurt). Recently divorced Rolf (André Jung) yearns to reconnect with his teenage daughter. Widow Maria (Marisa Peredes) believes the answer to her loneliness is a relationship with a widower who still longs for his deceased wife. Connecting all four narratives is Mia (Luna Mijovic), a desperate teenage prostitute with a young son in Bulgaria. In German with English subtitles.


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