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Big screen classics

The White Ribbon

Das weiße Band

Michael Haneke’s masterly portrait of life in a quiet German village just before WWI examines the education of a troubled, and troubling, generation.

Image from The White Ribbon

Germany-Austria-France-Italy-Canada 2009
Dir Michael Haneke
With Christian Friedel, Burghart Klaussner, Susanne Lothar, Josef Bierbichler
144min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate 15

A quiet village, northern Germany: one day in 1913 the orderly regime is disrupted by the first of several disconcerting events. Who might be responsible? Haneke’s Palme d’or-winning portrait of provincial life prior to WWI – particularly relationships between parents and children – was partly inspired by August Sander’s photographs, partly by Sven Nykvist’s films for Bergman. Christian Berger’s images are accordingly elegant, evocative and exact.

Also available on BFI Player.

The screening on Wed 22 Apr will be introduced by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large.


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