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It’s Going to be a ‘White’ Christmas for SPC

Perhaps this Xmas you’ll want to dig into Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon – Sony Pictures Classics has just announced that the 25th is the best date for a tale that pits adults versus children and where strange events happen at a rural school in the north of Germany during the year 1913.

Forget about the Time Life collection video series on World War I, if you are dying for a history lesson and more specially learn the prelude to the first War to End All War began then all you need to look at it the internal power struggles that were occurring in small villages that populated Germany at that time. You see, the mother and fathers were not on the same wave length as their children. Perhaps this Xmas you’ll want to dig into Michael Haneke‘s The White RibbonSony Pictures Classics has just announced that the 25th is the best date for a tale that pits adults versus children and where strange events happen at a rural school in the north of Germany during the year 1913. With ritual punishment and white ribbon markings, the drama looks at how this affect has on the school system, and in retrospect how does the school have an influence on fascism?

The Palme d’or winning picture will be released in New York and Los Angeles on the 25th followed by a roll-out that should go all the way into the first two months of 2010. SPC had the same strategy for Cache (Hidden) – it was released on December 23rd in 2005.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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