On the eve of World War I. Using their social status and harsh punishments, a baron, a doctor and a pastor rule over a small village in Protestant northern Germany. One day, the doctor falls off his horse after it trips over a wire strung between two trees. More pranks follow, seemingly without reason, all directed at the village's upper class and growing increasingly more brutal with time. There are no suspects, but a local schoolteacher has his suspicions.
Palme d’Or, Fipresci Prize, Ecumenical Jury Prize – Cannes IFF 2009
Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay – European Film Awards 2009
Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography – Academy Awards 2010
Christian Friedel, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur