A village in Protestant northern Germany. 1913-1914. On the eve of World War I. The story of the children and teenagers of a 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? The village schoolteacher observes, investigates and little by little discovers the incredible truth….
Golden Palm, FIPRESCI Prize, Cinema Prize of the French National Education System | Cannes IFF, France, 2009
Best Foreign Language Film | Golden Globes, USA, 2010
Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriter | European Film Awards, , 2009
FIPRESCI Film of the Year | San Sebastián IFF, Spain, 2009
Best Cinematography | New York Film Critics Circle Awards, USA, 2009
Best Cinematography | Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, USA, 2009
Best Foreign Language Film | Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, USA, 2009
Best Foreign Language Film | Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, Canada, 2009
Best Cinematography | National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA, 2010
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases | American Society of Cinematographers, USA, 2010
Best Cinematography | Chlotrudis Awards, , 2010
Best Film Not in the English Language | Online Film Critics Society Awards, , 2010
CAST & CREW
Stefan Arndt, Margaret Menegoz, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz, Ulli Neumann
Director of Photography
Ulrich Tukur, Susanne Lothar, Burghart Klaußner, Josef Bierbichler, Michael Kranz, Steffi Kühnert, Christian Friedel, Leonard Proxauf
X Filme Creative Pool GmbH, Wega Filmproduktionsges.m.b.h, Les Films du Losange
Born 23 March, 1942, Munich, Germany. Austrian filmmaker and screenwriter. He attended the University of Vienna to study philosophy, psychology and drama. After graduating, he became a film critic and from 1967 to 1970 he worked as TV editor and dramaturg. He made his debut as a television director in 1974. Haneke's feature film debut was in 1989. He won various prestigious awards (Palme d'Or in 2009 and 2012, Golden Globe Award in 2010, etc.). Haneke has worked in theatre too. He is known for raising social issues in his work. Besides working as filmmaker he also teaches directing at the Filmacademy Vienna.
The Seventh Continent (1989), Benny's Video (1992), 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994), Lumiere and Company (segment, 1995), Funny Games (1997), The Castle (1997), Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys (2000) The Piano Player (2001), Time of the Wolf (2003), Hidden (2005), Fanny Games. USA (2007), The White Ribbon (2009), Love (2012).