The White Ribbon

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Original title Das weisse Band
Category Drama, Crime, Mystery
UK Release Date
Production year 2009
Production Country
Directors Michael Haneke
Cast Ursina Lardi, Ulrich Tukur, Leonie Benesch, Burghart Klaußner, Susanne Lothar, Christian Friedel, Fion Mutert, Levin Henning, Maria Dragus, Leonard Proxauf, Steffi Kühnert, Josef Bierbichler, Rainer Bock, Thibault Sérié, Johanna Busse
Distributor Curzon Artificial Eye

Synopsis

A village in Protestant northern Germany. 1913-1914. On the eve of World War I. The story of the children and teenagers of a choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers. Strange accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. Who is behind it all? The village schoolteacher observes, investigates and little by little discovers the incredible truth. Are we being asked to consider whether these events heralded something that would explode years later with the rise of Nazi Germany? Did these events contain the germs of the tragedies that followed? Acclaimed auteur Michael Haneke (HIDDEN, FUNNY GAMES) returns to his classic themes of guilt, denial and violence in this haunting and provocative feature which was awarded the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.