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Directed By

Michael Haneke

Written By

Michael Haneke




Cannes Palme d'Or | Winner and Critics Prize
Academy Awards Nominee | Best Foreign Film
Berlin | Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenwriter
Golden Globes | Winner Best Foreign Language Film
BAFTA Nominee | Best Film not in the English Language


Christian Friedel | Leonie Benesch | Ulrich Tukur | Ursina Lardi | Michael Kranz | Burghart Klaussner | Susanne Lothar


A Protestant village in northern Germany. 1913-1914. On the eve of the First World War. The story of the children and teenagers of a choir led by the village schoolmaster and their families: the baron, the butler, the shepherd, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers. Strange accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. But who is behind it all?


"Michael Haneke’s "The White Ribbon" (2009) is a deeply unsettling and masterfully crafted film that delves into the dark undercurrents of a seemingly peaceful village in pre-World War I Germany. Known for its stark black-and-white cinematography and profound thematic exploration, the film has garnered numerous accolades and remains a significant work in Haneke’s illustrious career.

The decision to shoot in black and white enhances the film's austere atmosphere and emphasizes the moral ambiguities and hidden darkness within the village.

The film’s exploration of the origins of evil and the dynamics of power and control has resonated with audiences worldwide, making it a subject of study in film courses and discussions on cinematic representations of historical and moral themes.

The White Ribbon is a profound and thought-provoking film that challenges viewers with its stark portrayal of a community’s descent into moral darkness. Essential viewing."

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