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The White Ribbon (2009) More at IMDbPro »Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (original title)

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The White Ribbon -- Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.

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Writers:
Michael Haneke (written by)
Michael Haneke (story)
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Release Date:
5 March 2010 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 63 wins & 27 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Haunting Prequel to the Third Reich See more (194 total) »

Cast

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Christian Friedel ... The School Teacher
Ernst Jacobi ... The School Teacher as an Old Man (voice)

Leonie Benesch ... Eva

Ulrich Tukur ... The Baron

Ursina Lardi ... The Baroness
Fion Mutert ... Sigi
Michael Kranz ... The Tutor

Burghart Klaußner ... The Pastor (as Burghart Klaussner)
Steffi Kühnert ... The Pastor's Wife

Maria-Victoria Dragus ... Klara

Leonard Proxauf ... Martin
Levin Henning ... Adolf
Johanna Busse ... Margarete

Thibault Sérié ... Gustav
Josef Bierbichler ... The Steward
Gabriela Maria Schmeide ... The Steward's Wife (as Gabriela-Maria Schmeide)

Janina Fautz ... Erna

Enno Trebs ... Georg
Theo Trebs ... Ferdinand

Rainer Bock ... The Doctor

Susanne Lothar ... The Midwife

Roxane Duran ... Anna

Miljan Châtelain ... Rudolf (as Miljan Chatelain)
Eddy Grahl ... Karli
Branko Samarovski ... The Farmer
Klaus Manchen ... The Farmer (voice)

Birgit Minichmayr ... Frieda

Sebastian Hülk ... Max
Kai-Peter Malina ... Karl (as Kai Malina)
Kristina Kneppek ... Else
Stephanie Amarell ... Sophie
Bianca Mey ... Paula
Aaron Denkel ... Kurti
Mika Ahrens ... Willi
Detlev Buck ... Eva's Father
Anne-Kathrin Gummich ... Eva's Mother
Luzie Ahrens ... Schoolchild
Gary Bestla ... Schoolchild
Leonard Boes ... Schoolchild
Felix Boettcher ... Schoolchild (as Felix Böttcher)
Sophie Czech ... Schoolchild
Paraschiva Dragus ... Schoolchild
Selina Ewald ... Schoolchild
Nora Gruler ... Schoolchild
Tim Guderjahn ... Schoolchild
Jonas Jennerjahn ... Schoolchild
Ole Joensson ... Schoolchild
Gerrit Langentepe ... Schoolchild
Lena Pankow ... Schoolchild
Sebastian Pauli ... Schoolchild
Franz Rewoldt ... Schoolchild
Kevin Schmolinski ... Schoolchild
Alexander Sedl ... Schoolchild
Nino Seide ... Schoolchild
Marvin Ray Spey ... Schoolchild
Malin Steffen ... Schoolchild
Lilli Trebs ... Schoolchild
Paul Wolf ... Schoolchild
Margarete Zimmermann ... Schoolchild
Carmen-Maja Antoni ... Bathing Midwife
Christian Klischat ... Gendarm

Michael Schenk ... Detective
Hanus Polak Jr. ... Detective
Sara Schivazappa ... The Italian Nanny

Marisa Growaldt ... The Maid
Vincent Krüger ... Fritz
Rüdiger Hauffe ... Workman

Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey ... Farmer
Florian Köhler ... Farmer

Sebastian Lach ... Foreign Harvester
Marcin Tyrol ... Foreign Harvester
Sebastian Badurek ... Foreign Harvester
Krzysztof Zarzecki ... Foreign Harvester (as Krysiek Zarzecki)
Sebastian Pawlak ... Foreign Harvester
Lilli Fichtner ... Girl at Harvest Feast
Amelie Litwin ... Girl at Harvest Feast
Paula Kalinski ... Girl at Harvest Feast
Matthias Linke ... Band Musician
Vladik Otaryan ... Band Musician
Peter Mörike ... Band Musician
Hans-Matthias Glassmann ... Band Musician
Nikita Vaganov ... Band Musician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mercedes Jadea Diaz ... Eva's Sister (uncredited)
Simon Pawlowsky ... Villager (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Haneke 
 
Writing credits
Michael Haneke (written by)

Michael Haneke (story)

Produced by
Stefan Arndt .... producer
Veit Heiduschka .... producer
Michael Katz .... executive producer
Michael Katz .... producer
Stefano Massenzi .... associate producer
Margaret Ménégoz .... producer
Ulli Neumann .... line producer
Andrea Occhipinti .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Christian Berger 
 
Film Editing by
Monika Willi 
 
Casting by
Simone Bär 
Carmen Loley 
Markus Schleinzer 
 
Production Design by
Christoph Kanter 
 
Art Direction by
Anja Müller (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Heike Wolf 
 
Costume Design by
Moidele Bickel 
 
Makeup Department
Niciy Axt .... additional makeup artist
Anette Keiser .... makeup artist
Stefanie Kinzel .... additional makeup artist
Waldemar Pokromski .... key makeup artist
Stefanie Schaedlich .... additional makeup artist
Jana Schulze .... additional makeup artist
Pauline Späte .... additional makeup artist
Anja Woitas .... additional makeup artist
Susann Carolin Wrobel .... additional makeup artist
Oliver Ziem-Schwerdt .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Miki Emmrich .... production manager
Romy-Sophie Katz .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hanus Polak Jr. .... first assistant director
Patrick Winkler .... crowd assistant director
Dominik Watin .... crowd third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Enzo Enzel .... head painter
Norman Haubold .... set builder
Ellen Heltzel .... property master: outdoor
Gonda Hinrichs .... construction coordinator
Susanne Kleinlein .... painter
Ingo König .... construction
Sabine König .... painter
Godja Momsen .... painter
Manjo Richter .... set builder
Vera Rubenbauer .... assistant props
Silvie Sachseneder .... stand-by props assistant (as Silvia Sachseneder)
Susanna Schnibbe .... painter
Esther Schreiner .... set dresser
Dirk Spiegel .... construction
Kai Spittler .... construction
Ilse Töpfer .... property master
Eva Weymann .... construction
Christian Wollberg .... construction
René Zetzschke .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Arnaud Azoulay .... sound layback
Fabienne Chalendard .... assistant sound editor
Vincent Guillon .... supervising sound editor
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... re-recording mixer
Pierre Martens .... sound effects editor
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: Dolby
Guillaume Sciama .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Rolf Hanke .... special effects project manager
Till Hertrich .... special effects technician
Gerd Nefzer .... special effects supervisor (as Gerd Feuchter)
Marcus Preussing .... special effects senior technician (as Marcus Schmidt)
Bernd Rautenberg .... special effects senior technician
Jens Schmiedel .... special effects senior technician
Thomas Thiele .... special effects senior technician
 
Visual Effects by
Geoffrey Kleindorfer .... visual effects
Mario Wessely .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Emmanuel Aubry .... key grip
Tilman Büttner .... steadicam operator
Jan-Paul Gauly .... video operator
Gerald Helf .... first assistant camera
David Jerrett .... best boy
Kimber Lee Jerrett .... gaffer
Stefan Kaindl .... assistant camera
Mario Minichmayr .... electrician
Jörg Oschmann .... electrician
Sven Peukert .... first assistant camera
Marcus Pohlus .... steadicam operator
Lars Richter .... first assistant camera
Thomas Schneider .... second assistant camera
Tom Sperling .... additional gaffer
Hannes Staehle .... crane operator
Christian Wehrle .... key video assist
Bernadette Weigel .... oil lamp operator
Sascha Werdehausen .... additional first assistant camera
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
 
Casting Department
Florentin Camerer .... casting assistant: children
Jessika Eisenkolb .... casting assistant: children
Henri Steinmetz .... casting assistant
Jamila Wenske .... childrens casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annette Bätz .... wardrobe
Ulrike Diallo .... tailor
Brigitta Fink .... assistant costume designer
Gabriele Keuneke .... tailor
Christian Kratzert .... costume supervisor
Ulrike Kuhnhardt .... additional wardrobe
Julia Raschke .... additional wardrobe
Sonia Inés Rocha .... costume patination
Tatjana Saller .... tailor
Rebekka Stange .... costume patination
Martina Steiner .... costume supervisor
Beate Thein .... tailor
 
Editorial Department
Reinhard Feichtinger .... digital cinema mastering
Herbert Fischer .... film transfer
Philippe Tourret .... digital intermediate coordinator
Thomas Treu .... supervising editor
Willi Willinger .... colorist
 
Location Management
Nick Hertwig .... location scout
Cathleen Hoffmann .... location manager
Dietmar Krause .... location scout
Thomas Lauterkorn .... location scout
Felix Manthey .... location manager
Johannes Schröder .... location manager
 
Transportation Department
Marcel Ahrens .... driver: cast
Marcel Ahrens .... production driver
Florian Freund .... production driver
Florian Haeger .... transportation captain
Daniel Janssen .... production driver
Andreas Korpel .... production driver
Matthias Schröter .... production driver
Volker Schulze zur Wiesche .... production driver
Frank Paul Schweidler .... production driver
 
Other crew
Gero Brugmann .... legal counsel
Jennifer Bushnell .... legal assistant
Jean-Claude Carrière .... script consultant
Eddie Chebbi .... assistant production accountant
Gisela Emberger .... set manager
Matthias Fehrenbach .... caterer
Bianca Folger .... assistant to producer
Manuela Groh .... production coordinator
Skady Lis .... business & legal affairs
Ulrike Lässer .... production coordinator
Annika Nierentz .... production assistant
Kathrin Resetarits .... creative assistant: director
Thomas Schneider .... assistant line producer
Andro Steinborn .... business affairs/legal
Henri Steinmetz .... director trainee
Henri Steinmetz .... trainee director
Kristina Stelter .... assistant line producer
Alice Stengl .... script supervisor
Dorothea Trebs .... child supervisor
Harro von Have .... legal: production (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Derek Shane Garcia .... special thanks (as Derek Garcia)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte" - Germany (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some disturbing content involving violence and sexuality
Runtime:
144 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The extras who played villagers were bused 1,000 miles from Romania, since no locals had the requisite weather-beaten faces of farmers of the period.See more »
Quotes:
The Doctor:My God, why don't you just die?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
A Mighty Fortress Is Our GodSee more »

FAQ

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124 out of 142 people found the following review useful.
Haunting Prequel to the Third Reich, 17 January 2010
Author: anjru from Long Beach, NY

Filmed beautifully in black and white with subtitles, The White Ribbon is a movie that will leave viewers with a lasting residue long after it ends. The film portrays the residents of a northern German village, dominated by a baron, sometime before World War I.

Inhabitants of this village, young and old, are sliding down the slippery slope of moral decline. The men in leadership positions - a doctor and clergyman, for example - are detestable, especially in their treatment of women and children. The most brutal scene in the movie, perhaps, was not one that portrayed physical violence, but verbal abuse towards a woman that served faithfully as caretaker, and more, for the town's widowed physician. As for the some of the children, although it is only suggested, it appears that they are budding sociopaths that perpetrate despicable acts against others.

Weeks after seeing this film, I started thinking more deeply about the children in this town. I realized that they would become young adults during the time Hitler would rise in power. They live an incubator in which the cruelty that they experience they, in turn, perpetrate against unsuspecting victims. Their circumstances are such that they are being unwittingly primed for carrying out the atrocities that will come to characterize their future in Nazi Germany. The White Ribbon is a prequel for the rise of the Third Reich.

Seeing this film led me to wonder about what present times are a prequel for.

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