White Ribbon

Haneke?s vision is gripping. The craftsmanship, classically shaped narrative and icy visual beauty cannot be denied.""""
-Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
Haneke?s cool control allows him to build a stately architecture of wickedness. Polluted souls stand out against poised compositions and tidy details ? hair drawn back in buns, the lines of churches. The darker his theme, the more brilliant his execution."" ""
-Kyle Smith, New York Post
This haunting film never pushes itself on you. It trusts you to suss out the horror that lies beneath the veneer of innocence.""""
-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine.

Synopsis

In a village in Protestant northern Germany, on the eve of World War I, the children of a church and school run by the village schoolteacher and their families experience a series of bizarre incidents that inexplicably assume the characteristics of a punishment ritual. Who could be responsible for such bizarre transgressions? Leonie Benesch, Josef Bierbichler, and Rainer Bock star in director Michael Haneke's Palm d'Or-winning period drama.

Release Date

Friday, January 22, 2010
Original Languages: German
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 145 min.
Year: 2009

CREDITS

CAST
Christian Friedel
Leonie Benesch
Ulrich Tukur
DIRECTED BY
Michael Haneke

TRAILER


PHOTOS

The Baroness (Ursina Lardi) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: The Schoolteacher (Christian Friedel) and Eva (Leonie Benesch) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Anna, the Doctor?s daughter (Roxane Duran) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Sigmund, the Baron?s son (Fion Mutert), Georg, the Steward?s son (Enno Trebs) and the Steward?s son (Theo Trebs) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
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Anna, the Doctor?s daughter (Roxane Duran) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Director Michael Haneke ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
The Baroness (Ursina Lardi) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
The Pastor (Burghart Klaussner) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
The Doctor (Rainer Bock) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
The Tutor (Michael Kranz) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
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The Pastor (Burghart Klaussner) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Martin, the Pastor's son (Leonard Proxauf) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Erna, the Steward?s daughter (Janina Fautz) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Gustav, the Pastor?s younger son (Thibault Serie) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
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The Baron (Ulrich Tukur) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
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Eva?s father (Detlev Buck) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
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Left to Right (the Farmer's other children): Else (Kristina Kneppek), Sophie (Stephanie Amarell), Paula (Bianca Mey), Willi (Mika Ahrens) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Rudolf, the Doctor?s son (Miljan Chatelain) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Sigmund, the Baron?s son (Fion Mutert) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Max, the Farmer?s son (Sebastian Hulk) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Klara, the Pastor?s daughter (Maria-Victoria Dragus), Martin, the Pastor?s son (Leonard Proxauf) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Eva (Leonie Benesch) ©Copyright Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
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