In a small Protestant German town just before World War I, a series of strange occurrences prompts suspicion of the townsfolk towards the suppressed and abused children in the village. Described by the director as a film about “the roots of evil”.
Expertly directed and orchestrated masterpiece that delves deep into the human soul and ethnic psychology. Tries to give an explanation to the rise of fascism in German society in the years prior to World War II. Deeply chilling and cold, almost inhuman atmosphere. Memorable black and white cinematography.
Finely selected cast. Over 7 000 children were interviewed for the roles, most of which had little or no acting experience.
Almost every bit of this film is storyboarded and planned with perfection, as is expected from a film by Austrian auteur Michael Haneke.
Winner of the 2009 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
The White Ribbon (Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte) Cast: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Josef Bierbichler