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WHITE RIBBON, THE (WEISSE BAND, DAS)

WHITE RIBBON, THE
THE WHITE RIBBON (photo © X Filme Creative Pool/Les Films du Losange/Wega Film/Lucky Red)

A village in Protestant northern Germany. 1913-1914. On the eve of World War I. The story of the children and teenagers of a church and school 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?


Michael Haneke was born in 1942 in Munich. He studied Psychology, Philosophy and Theater Sciences in Vienna. Active as a director and playwright for television, film and the opera, he is also a professor for Directing at the Vienna Film Academy. A selection of his award-winning films includes: THE SEVENTH CONTINENT (1989), BENNY'S VIDEO (1992), 71 FRAGMENTS OF A CHRONOLOGY OF CHANCE (1994), THE CASTLE (1997), FUNNY GAMES (1997), CODE UNKNOWN (2000), THE PIANO TEACHER (2001), TIME OF THE WOLF (2003), CACHÉ (2005), FUNNY GAMES U.S. (2007), THE WHITE RIBBON (2009) and LOVE (2012).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Michael Haneke
Screenplay Michael Haneke
Cinematography Christian Berger
Monika Willi
Christoph Kanter
Cast Christian Friedel, Leonie Benesch, Burghart Klaußner, Steffi Kühnert, Ulrich Tukur, Ursina Lardi, Josef Bierbichler, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Rainer Bock, Susanne Lothar
Producers Stefan Arndt, Margaret Menegoz, Veit Heiduschka, Andrea Occhipinti, Michael Katz
Production Companies X Filme Creative Pool, Les Films du Losange/Paris, Wega Film/Vienna, Lucky Red/Rome, in co-production with ARD Degeto/Frankfurt, BR, ORF/Vienna, France 3/Paris, France 3 Cinéma/Paris, Canal+/Paris, TF1 Video/Paris, TPS Star/Paris
Length 145 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Festivals Cannes 2009 (In Competition), Karlovy Vary 2009, Moscow 2009, Sarajevo 2009, Toronto 2009, San Sebastian 2009, Haugesund 2009, New York 2009, Pusan 2009, Vancouver 2009, Rio 2009, AFI FEST Los Angeles 2009, Molodist Kiev 2009, Taipei 2009, Cork 2009, Palm Springs 2010, Berlin 2010 (German Cinema), Sofia 2010, BAFICI Buenos Aires 2010, Shanghai 2010, Mumbai 2010, Kerala 2010, Zurich 2013, Istanbul 2017
Awards Golden Palm Cannes 2009, European Film Award 2009 (Best Director, Best Screenwriter), Golden Globe 2010 (Best Foreign Language Film), German Film Awards 2010 (Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Direction, Best Leading Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Make-Up, Best Sound)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Fund, Minitraité, Oesterreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (CNC), Eurimages
German Distributor X Verleih/Berlin

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