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The White Ribbon (2009)

“Das weiße Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte”

Drama, History, Mystery |

The White Ribbon is a black-and-white German-language drama film written and directed by Michael Haneke. The film darkly depicts society and family in a northern German village just before World War I and, according to Haneke, “is about the roots of evil. Whether it’s religious or political terrorism, it’s the same thing.”

04_Der Pfarrer (Burghart Klaussner) ermahnt seinen Sohn (Leonard Proxauf) zu Aufrichtigkeit

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.

The memories of an unnamed elderly tailor form a parable from the distant year he worked as a village schoolteacher and met his fiancée Eva, a nanny. The setting is the fictitious Protestant village of Eichwald, Northern Germany, from July 1913 to 9 August 1914, where the local pastor, the doctor and the baron rule the roost over the area’s women, children and peasant farmers.

The puritanical pastor leads confirmation classes and gives his pubescent children a guilty conscience over apparently small transgressions. He has them wear white ribbons as a reminder of the innocence and purity from which they have strayed. When under interrogation, his son confesses to ‘impure’ touching; the pastor has the boy’s hands tied to his bed frame each night. The doctor, a widower, treats the village children kindly but humiliates his housekeeper and also sexually abuses his teenage daughter…

Director: Michael Haneke

Writers: Michael Haneke

Stars: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Ursina Lardi, Fion Mutert, Michael Kranz


Christian FriedelThe School Teacher
Ernst JacobiThe School Teacher as an Old Man (voice)
Leonie BeneschEva
Ulrich TukurThe Baron
Ursina LardiThe Baroness
Fion MutertSigi
Michael KranzThe Tutor
Burghart KlaußnerThe Pastor (as Burghart Klaussner)
Steffi KühnertThe Pastor’s Wife
Maria DragusKlara (as Maria-Victoria Dragus)
Leonard ProxaufMartin
Levin HenningAdolf
Johanna BusseMargarete
Thibault SériéGustav
Josef BierbichlerThe Steward
Gabriela Maria SchmeideThe Steward’s Wife
Janina FautzErna
Enno TrebsGeorg
Theo TrebsFerdinand
Rainer BockThe Doctor
Susanne LotharThe Midwife
Roxane DuranAnna
Miljan ChâtelainRudolf (as Miljan Chatelain)
Eddy GrahlKarli
Branko SamarovskiThe Farmer
Klaus ManchenThe Farmer (voice)
Birgit MinichmayrFrieda
Sebastian HülkMax
Kai-Peter MalinaKarl (as Kai Malina)
Kristina KneppekElse
Stephanie AmarellSophie
Bianca MeyPaula
Aaron DenkelKurti
Mika AhrensWilli
Detlev BuckEva’s Father
Anne-Kathrin GummichEva’s Mother
Luzie AhrensSchoolchild
Gary BestlaSchoolchild
Leonard BoesSchoolchild
Felix BoettcherSchoolchild (as Felix Böttcher)
Sophie CzechSchoolchild
Paraschiva DragusSchoolchild
Selina EwaldSchoolchild
Nora GrulerSchoolchild
Tim GuderjahnSchoolchild
Jonas JennerjahnSchoolchild
Ole JoenssonSchoolchild
Gerrit LangentepeSchoolchild
Lena PankowSchoolchild
Sebastian PauliSchoolchild
Franz RewoldtSchoolchild
Kevin SchmolinskiSchoolchild
Alexander SedlSchoolchild
Nino SeideSchoolchild
Marvin Ray SpeySchoolchild
Malin SteffenSchoolchild
Lilli TrebsSchoolchild
Paul WolfSchoolchild
Margarete ZimmermannSchoolchild
Carmen-Maja AntoniBathing Midwife
Christian KlischatGendarm
Michael SchenkDetective
Hanus Polak Jr.Detective
Sara SchivazappaThe Italian Nanny
Marisa GrowaldtThe Maid
Vincent KrügerFritz
Rüdiger HauffeWorkman
Arndt Schwering-SohnreyFarmer
Florian KöhlerFarmer
Sebastian LachForeign Harvester
Marcin TyrolForeign Harvester
Sebastian BadurekForeign Harvester
Krzysztof ZarzeckiForeign Harvester
Sebastian PawlakForeign Harvester
Lilli FichtnerGirl at Harvest Feast
Amelie LitwinGirl at Harvest Feast
Paula KalinskiGirl at Harvest Feast
Matthias LinkeBand Musician
Vladik OtaryanBand Musician
Peter MörikeBand Musician
Hans-Matthias GlassmannBand Musician
Nikita VaganovBand Musician
Mercedes Jadea DiazEva’s Sister
Simon PawlowskyVillager

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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