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Award-winning period drama 'The White Ribbon'
to screen

RELEASED: Nov. 24, 2010

White Ribbon posterEAU CLAIRE — "The White Ribbon" (2009), winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, will conclude the fall series of films at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Dec. 9-12. The International Film Society will present Michael Haneke's period drama at 6 and 8:30 p.m.in Davies Theatre.

"The White Ribbon" is set in a small village in Protestant northern Germany in 1913-14, on the eve of The Great War. It tells the story of the children and teenagers of a church and school choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families. A plague of mysterious violent crimes begins and gradually takes on the character of a punishment ritual. Who is doing this — and why? The schoolteacher observes, investigates and little by little discovers the incredible truth.

"We don't go to Michael Haneke films for comfort, but to gaze through a glass darkly," wrote the Los Angeles Times. "That vision — tense, provocative and unnerving — is on full display in 'The White Ribbon,' which could be considered a culmination of this difficult director's brilliant career."

Nominated for an Academy Award, the film won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as numerous awards for its austere but lush black-and-white cinematography and production design.

"What makes 'The White Ribbon' a big movie, an important movie, is that Haneke's point extends beyond pre-Nazi Germany," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle. "It's a warning that could easily be directed at today's Middle East or, for that matter, at us."

In German and subtitled in English, the 144-minute black-and-white film is
rated R.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or IFS membership. Community members who wish to attend campus films must purchase an annual IFS membership at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby. An individual membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.

More information about the campus film series is available online and at the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133.

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JS/DW

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