The White Ribbon (Das weiße Band) is a 2009 black-and-white German-language drama film written and directed by Michael Haneke. It is a ghost story without a ghost, a whodunnit without a denouement, a historical parable without a lesson, and for two and a half hours, this unforgettably disturbing and mysterious film leads its viewers alongside an abyss of anxiety.
Using their social status and harsh punishments, a baron (Ulrich Tukur), a doctor (Rainer Bock) and a pastor (Burghart Klaussner) rule over a small northern German village. Das weiße Band, eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (literally, “The White Ribbon, a German Children’s Story”) darkly depicts society and family in the village where strange events happen just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?
The film premiered at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival in May 2009 where it won the Palme d’Or, followed by positive reviews and several other major awards, including the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Watch the movie before Thursday, August 12, then join the Zoom meeting at 7:00PM and come prepared with your comments and questions. DGC Board Member Maddalena De Nicola will once again be our moderator, and other Board Members will participate in the discussion as well.
The trailer and movie are available here.
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