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German film 'The White Band' nominated for two Oscars

DDP/The Local · 2 Feb 2010, 17:17

Published: 02 Feb 2010 17:17 GMT+01:00

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The black and white film by Austrian director Michael Haneke will compete for the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography awards at the March 7 ceremony.

For the first award it will go up against Israeli film “Ajami,” Argentina’s “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” Peru’s Berlinale winner “The Milk of Sorrow,” and France’s “Un Prophète.”

Christian Berger’s work as cinematographer will compete against blockbusters “Avatar,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” “The Hurt Locker,” and Quentin Tarantino’s Nazi revenge film “Inglourious Basterds.”

Set in a northern German protestant village in 1913-14, the dark drama explores mysterious accidents and brutal events that befall townspeople just before the start of World War I. It has already been awarded the renowned Palme d'Or award at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival and a 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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The €12-million film was co-produced by Berlin’s X-Filme, and producer Stefan Arndt said he had only allowed himself to “dream of being nominated into the illustrious circle of the Oscar nominees.”

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Your comments about this article

18:38 February 2, 2010 by Henckel
Whatever one might think of this particular film, Wilhelmine Germany was, indeed, a psychologically repressed and unstable society, being based as it was on the shaky, never-quite-working constitution drafted by Bismarck.
16:04 February 5, 2010 by Bob Hawkins
a great film, it of course should win,but in english the title is "the white ribbon" not "the white band"
21:31 February 7, 2010 by rid1541
we saw the pre-view yesterday in upstate New York.

Will see the film asap when our local theater schedules it next week. I am happy to hear some German and compare my northern German Protestant upbrining, to what is going on in the film. Ribbon is a better word in English than band. A band makes music. The story reminds me of the Scarlet Letter by Hawthorn. A red letter afixed to girls considered having had pre-marital sex. Not the boys, just the girls, who then were shunned.
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