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Ninth Day, The (Neunte Tag, Der)

Ninth Day, The
Scene from "The Ninth Day" (photo © Progress Film Verleih)

In February 1942, Abbé Henri Kremer, a priest from Luxembourg, is released from the Dachau concentration camp and sent home. Kremer soon realizes the Nazis are displeased with his bishop for refusing to cooperate with the German occupation forces, and that tehy want to use Kremer to provide public support for Hitler's policy regarding the Church. All it entails is his making a "small" compromise. Untersturmfuehrer Gephardt of the Gestapo, himself under pressure from the high command, gives Kremer nine days...or return to the living hell he has just escaped from...
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Volker Schlöndorff
Screenplay Andreas Pflueger, Eberhard Goerner
Cinematography Tomas Erhart
Peter R. Adam
Alfred Schnittke
Ari Hantke
Cast Hilmar Thate, Bibiana Beglau, August Diehl, Ulrich Matthes
Producer Juergen Haase
Production Company Provobis/Munich, in co-production with Videopress/Luxembourg, ARTE, BR
Runtime 97 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Locarno 2004 (Piazza), Toronto 2004, Pusan 2004, Seville 2004, Berlin 2005 (German Cinema), Mar del Plata 2005 (In Competition), Tribeca 2005, Shanghai 2005, Moscow 2005, Ljubljana 2005, Tallinn Black Nights 2005, Goa 2007, Camerimage Lodz 2009, Kolkata 2019
Awards Bernhard Wicki Award 2004, German Film Award for Best Production Design
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film Fund Luxembourg
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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