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WHITE RIBBON, THE

Austria, 2009 (MIFF 2009, International Panorama)

Director: Michael Haneke

Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

From the unerring hand of Michael Haneke (Funny Games, MIFF 08; Hidden, MIFF 05; The Time of the Wolf, MIFF 03) comes a tautly constructed whodunit in The White Ribbon, a period piece set on the eve of World War I in a staunchly Protestant village in northern Germany.

The village is plagued by a series of mysterious accidents - the doctor tumbles from his horse, a farmer's wife falls to her death from a barn loft - which become increasingly more sinister and brutal. Neighbour turns against neighbour, even as the cruelty pervading the village breeds fresh atrocities.

“A rich, detailed work pregnant with the sinister undertones and evil deeds for which the film-maker's work is legendary.” - Screen International

D/S Michael Haneke P Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Margaret Menegoz, Andrea Occhipinti WS Les Films du Losange TD HD SR/2009

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