Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon), 2009. Directed by Michael Haneke.
The White Ribbon won the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year and tells the story of a German village on the eve of the first world war beset by sporadic outbreaks of unexplained violence.
“It’s not a coincidence that I chose this period of time in which to present the story. This is the Nazi generation, but I didn’t want the film to be reduced to this example, to this specific model. I could do a film about modern-day Iran and ask the same question: how does fanaticism start? In places where people are suffering, they become very receptive to ideology because they’re looking for something to clutch hold of, a straw that will take them out of that misery.” Michael Haneke, interview with The Guardian.