Women’s right to vote comedy picked as Swiss Oscars entry
A German-language comedy about the women’s suffrage movement in a small Swiss town has been chosen as Switzerland’s official entry in the Foreign Language Film category of the Oscars.
The film, The Divine Order in English and Die göttliche Ordnung in German, tells the story of a housewife and mother who is active in fighting for Swiss women to be given the right to vote. Women only won the right to vote in federal elections as late as 1971.
The Divine Order was released in Swiss cinemas in March this year and was directed and written by Petra Volpe. The film has already won many awards including best screenplay and best actress at the Swiss Film Awards, and Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature Film and The Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
It won’t be announced until the beginning of next year if The Divine Order has made the shortlist for the Oscars.