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Big screen classics

The White Ribbon

+ intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

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 + intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

Germany-Austria-France-Italy-Canada 2009
Dir Michael Haneke
With Christian Friedel, Burghart Klaussner, Susanne Lothar, Josef Bierbichler
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.

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