|The White Ribbon|
|82nd Academy Awards|
The White Ribbon is a 2009 black-and-white German-language drama film written and directed by Michael Haneke. Its original German title is "Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte", which fully translates as "The White Ribbon, a German Children's Story".
- Best Cinematography — Christian Berger
- Best Foreign Language Film — Michael Haneke (representing Germany)
From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold.