Sofia Helin stars in Switzerland’s selection for the Academy Awards 2018

Petra Volpe’s The Divine Order has been selected as Switzerland’s official entry for the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The Swiss film stars Sofia Helin, the Swedish actress best known for her leading role as Saga Noren in The Bridge.

The Divine Order tells the story about the fight for equal rights for women in Switzerland in 1971. It portrays Nora, a young housewife and mother, living in a quaint little village with her husband and their two sons. The Swiss countryside is untouched by the major social upheavals the movement of 1968 has brought about. Nora’s life is not affected either; she is a quiet person whois liked by everybody – until she starts to publicly fight for women’s suffrage, which the men are due to vote on in a ballot on February 7, 1971.

Sofia Helin plays Eden in the film, who appears to be some sort of hippy character in the trailer.

The Divine Order had its international release at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and has since screened at several high profile festivals. The film is represented by Scandinavian sales agency TrustNordisk.

Watch the trailer below:



Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.