Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, all seeming to be a form of ritual punishment.
Michael Haneke’s Palm d’Or winner about a German farming village that is startled by a series of anonymous misdeeds just before the outbreak of WWI.
What begins as mischief that has gotten out of hand, degenerates into ritual torture. Is this all the work of one vengeful figure or are we witnessing the emergence of group hysteria? What morality is cultivated in the children, who are made to feel a permanent sense of guilt by their hypocritical parents?
Das Weisse Band tells a story about which you can muse for weeks, in sparkling black-and-white images that remain burned on your retina for at least as long.
Das Weisse Band is part of Celluloid Shrine: Films on Christianity, the Modern Classics of June.
A series of film classics about Christianity (and a little bit of faith in general), with films that didn’t dapple so much in the waters of belief, as fully doused themselves in the bliss, mercy, anguish and trials of the Christian faith.“ Read more