Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon, 2009). Friday, March 19, 6:30 P.M., Zrinyi 14, room 412.

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.

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