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The White Ribbon ()

Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (original title)
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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?

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The School Teacher
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The School Teacher as an Old Man (voice)
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Eva
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The Baron
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The Baroness
Fion Mutert ...
Sigi
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The Tutor
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The Pastor (as Burghart Klaussner)
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The Pastor's Wife
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Klara (as Maria-Victoria Dragus)
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Martin
Levin Henning ...
Adolf
Johanna Busse ...
Margarete
Yuma Amecke ...
Annchen
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Gustav
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The Steward
Gabriela Maria Schmeide ...
The Steward's Wife (as Gabriela-Maria Schmeide)
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Erna
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Georg
Theo Trebs ...
Ferdinand
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The Doctor
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The Midwife
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Anna
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Rudolf (as Miljan Chatelain)
Eddy Grahl ...
Karli
Branko Samarovski ...
The Farmer
Klaus Manchen ...
The Farmer (voice)
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Frieda
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Max
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Karl (as Kai Malina)
Kristina Kneppek ...
Else
Stephanie Amarell ...
Sophie
Bianca Mey ...
Paula
Aaron Denkel ...
Kurti
Mika Ahrens ...
Willi
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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
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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
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The Maid
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Fritz
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Workman
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Farmer
Florian Köhler ...
Farmer
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Foreign Harvester
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Foreign Harvester
Sebastian Badurek ...
Foreign Harvester
Krzysztof Zarzecki ...
Foreign Harvester (as Krysiek Zarzecki)
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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

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Michael Haneke

Written by

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Michael Haneke ... (story)
 
Michael Haneke ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Stefan Arndt ... producer
Daniel Goudineau ... producer: France 3 Cinema
Laurent Hassid ... producer: Canal+
Veit Heiduschka ... producer
Michael Katz ... executive producer / producer
Jörn Klamroth ... producer: ARD Degeto
Stefano Massenzi ... associate producer
Heinrich Mis ... producer: ORF
Margaret Ménégoz ... producer
Ulli Neumann ... line producer
Andrea Occhipinti ... producer
Bettina Reitz ... producer: BR

Cinematography by

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Christian Berger

Film Editing by

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Monika Willi

Editorial Department

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Reinhard Feichtinger ... digital cinema mastering
Herbert Fischer ... film transfer
Philippe Tourret ... digital intermediate coordinator
Thomas Treu ... supervising editor
Willi Willinger ... colorist

Casting By

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Simone Bär
Carmen Loley
Markus Schleinzer

Production Design by

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Christoph Kanter

Art Direction by

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Anja Müller ... supervising art director

Set Decoration by

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Hans Wagner
Heike Wolf-Aury ... (as Heike Wolf)

Costume Design by

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Moidele Bickel ... (as Miodele Bickel)

Makeup Department

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Niciy Axt ... additional makeup artist
Sandra Jethon ... makeup artist
Anette Keiser ... makeup artist
Stefanie Kinzel ... additional makeup artist
Jana Lindner ... additional makeup artist (as Jana Schulze)
Waldemar Pokromski ... key makeup artist
Stefanie Schaedlich ... 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

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Miki Emmrich ... production manager
Romy-Sophie Katz ... assistant unit manager
Olivier Masclet ... post-production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Katharina Biró ... second assistant director
Hanus Polak Jr. ... first assistant director
Patrick Winkler ... crowd assistant director
Dominik Watin ... crowd third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Enzo Enzel ... head painter
Norman Haubold ... set builder
Ellen Heltzel ... property master: outdoor
Gonda Hinrichs ... construction coordinator
Katrin Huber ... property master: indoor
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

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Arnaud Azoulay ... sound playback
Olivier Burgaud ... sound assistant
Fabienne Chalendard ... assistant sound editor
Vincent Guillon ... supervising sound editor
Jean-Pierre Laforce ... sound
Pierre Martens ... sound effects editor
Aurélien Mauro ... sound assistant
Michel Monier ... sound consultant: Dolby
Guillaume Sciama ... sound

Special Effects by

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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

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Geoffrey Kleindorfer ... visual effects
Mario Wessely ... visual effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Emmanuel Aubry ... key grip
Tilman Büttner ... steadicam operator
Thomas Eirich-Schneider ... second assistant camera (as Thomas Schneider)
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
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

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Florentin Camerer ... casting assistant: children
Jessika Eisenkolb ... casting assistant: children
Henri Steinmetz ... casting assistant
Jamila Wenske ... childrens casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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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
Dorothée Uhrmacher ... consulting costume designer

Location Management

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Nick Hertwig ... location scout
Cathleen Hoffmann ... location manager
Dietmar Krause ... location scout
Thomas Lauterkorn ... location scout
Felix Manthey ... location manager
Johannes Schröder ... location manager

Script and Continuity Department

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Jean-Claude Carrière ... script consultant
Alice Stengl ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Marcel Ahrens ... driver: cast / 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

Additional Crew

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Gero Brugmann ... legal counsel
Jennifer Bushnell ... legal assistant
Eddie Chebbi ... assistant production accountant
Thomas Eirich-Schneider ... assistant line producer (as Thomas Schneider)
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
Andro Steinborn ... business affairs/legal
Henri Steinmetz ... director trainee / trainee director
Kristina Stelter ... assistant line producer
Dorothea Trebs ... child supervisor
Harro von Have ... legal: production (uncredited)

Thanks

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Derek Shane Garcia ... special thanks (as Derek Garcia)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold. Written by

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Also Known As
  • Das weiße Band (Germany)
  • Le ruban blanc (France)
  • Il nastro bianco (Italy)
  • Le ruban blanc (Canada, French title)
  • The White Ribbon (Canada, English title)
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Runtime
  • 144 min
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Budget EUR12,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Most of the adults are not given names in the film, instead being called Pastor, Baron, Steward, etc. This includes the narrator, who is only known as The School Teacher. See more »
Goofs In the scene when the farmer sits next to his wife's corpse, the actress's breathing is noticeable. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cannes Film Festival 2009 (2009). See more »
Soundtracks O Sacred Head Now Wounded See more »
Crazy Credits The opening and closing credits are shown in complete silence. There is no music or other sounds during both entire credit sequences. See more »
Quotes Martin: I gave God a chance to kill me. He didn't do it, so he's pleased with me.
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