Das weiße Band

Germany, Austria, France, Italy


A village in Protestant northern Germany. 1913-1914. On the eve of World War I. The story of the children and teenagers of a church and school choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers. Strange accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. Who is behind it all?

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Michael Haneke

Written by: Michael Haneke

Produced by: Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz, Margaret Menegoz, Andrea Occhipinti

Cinematography: Christian Berger

Cast: Christian Friedel (school teacher), Leonie Benesch (Eva), Ulrich Tukur (Ulrich Tukur) (baron), Ursina Lardi (Marie-Louise, the baroness), Burghart Klaußner (the pastor), Steffi Kühnert (Anna, the pastor's wife), Josef Bierbichler (the steward), Gabriela Maria Schmeide (Emma, the steward's wife), Rainer Bock (the doctor), Susanne Lothar (midwife)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Film 2009
  • European Director 2009
  • European Screenwriter 2009
  • European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo Di Palma 2009
  • Feature Film Selection 2009