Movie of the Month


Film Title: The White Ribbon

Event No : 13
Date of Screening : 9-Nov-2013
Venue and Time : Hotel Savera 10 am

Baradwaj Rangan

Michael Haneke



The White Ribbon is a drama film set in the period just before World War I. The movie is about a set of strange events that happen in a small village in the north of Germany. All the events seem to be like a ritual punishment for the act that every individual has committed. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.

Language: German
Running Time: 144 mins
Release Date: May 21, 2009
Directed by: Michael Haneke
Produced by: Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz, Margaret Ménégoz, Andrea Occhipinti
Written by: Michael Haneke
Christian Friedel, Ulrich Tukur, Josef Bierbichler
Shot by: Christian Berger
Editing by:
Monika Willi

About the Film

The White Ribbon is black and white movie drama film about a German village prior to World War I. The director mentions that this movie is about the roots of evil whether religious or political.


  1. All scenes were originally shot in color and then altered to black and white in post-production.
  2. Before filming started, Christian Berger studied the black and white films Ingmar Bergman made with Sven Nykvist as cinematographer.
  3. 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.
  4. The closing credits are shown in complete silence. There is no music or other sounds during the entire credit sequence.


  1. Best Foreign language film at Golden Globe USA and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina 2010.
  2. Best Non-American film at Bodil Awards 2011.
  3. Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival 2009.
  4. Best Director, Screenplay and Film at European Film Awards 2009.

About the Director

Michael Haneke is a Austrian film maker known for bringing in a variety of human emotions experienced by people in modern society. Haneke completed his graduation from University of Vienna soon after which he ventured into being a film critic and an editor.

His debut as a director came in 1974, with a TV show, but it was not until 1989 that he created his debut feature film. Apart from winning Palme d'Or for "The White Ribbon", the movies created by Haneke have received many awards and nominations (including the Oscars)

Silent credits, extreme violence in small time frame and TV with news being broadcasted are a few shots that has been trademarked to Haneke.


About the Guest

A critic by nature, Baradwaj Rangan is a National Award-winning film critic, currently with The Hindu, as Film Critic & Senior Deputy Editor.

His intelligent and reader-friendly reviews of popular cinema with a depth of understanding of the form and the passion for the media earned him the award.

His expertise shows with the articles that have been published in national magazines touching upon cinema, music, art, travel and humor. He is the author of Conversations with Mani Ratnam, published in 2012.

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