Ninth Day (2004)

Ninth Day (2004)

Ulrich Matthes
Director: Volker Schlöndorff Cast: Ulrich Matthes
Ulrich Matthes
, August Diehl
August Diehl
, Bibiana Beglau
Bibiana Beglau
Volker Schlöndorff

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Acclaimed filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff directed this story of a war of words between a Nazi soldier and a man of the cloth. In 1942, Henri Kremer (Ulrich Matthes) is a Catholic priest who, like three thousand other Catholic clergymen, has been sent to the Dachau prison camp by Nazi authorities for espousing his faith and speaking out against the Axis leadership. Shortly after Kremer receives word that his mother has passed away, he's pulled from the ranks at the camp and sent to Luxembourg, where he used to live and lead a congregation. While Kremer at first believes his well-connected family has arranged for his release, he soon finds this is not the case -- Untersturmfuehrer Gebhardt (August Diehl), a ranking member of the Gestapo, informs Kremer that he's been given a nine-day respite from the camp for a special assignment. Kremer is well acquainted with Bishop Philipp (Hilmar Thate), leader of Luxembourg's Catholic community, and the Nazis want the bishop to sign a letter pledging full cooperation with German authorities, something he has been unwilling even to discuss. Gebhardt wants Kremer to persuade the bishop to sign the document; if Kremer fails to meet this goal, he's told 18 priests from Luxembourg currently in Dachau will all be killed. What Gebhardt prefers not to mention is that if he can't find a way to secure the bishop's cooperation, he'll be transferred from his comfortable post to a death camp in Eastern Europe. Der Neunte Tag was based on the true story of Luxembourg priest Father Jean Bernard, who wrote of his experiences in the book Pfarrerblock Z4587.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/06/2005
UPC: 0738329043827
Original Release: 2004
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:33:00

Special Features

An interview with Volker Schlöndorff; Trailers; Stills gallery; Optional English subtitles; Enhanced for 16x9 tvs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ulrich Matthes Abbe Henri Kremer
August Diehl Untersturmfuehrer Gebhardt
Bibiana Beglau Marie Kremer
Jean-Paul Raths Raymond Schmitt
Ivan Jirik Armando Bausch
Karel Hromadka Father Laurant Koltz
Miroslav Sichman Father Marcel Bour
Adolf Filip Klimek
Vladimir Fiser Bishop Kozal
Peter Varga Jozef
Petr Janis Father Nansen
Zdenek Pechacek Camp Commander
Karel Dobry Bertram
Goetz Burger Secretary Gerard Mersch
Hilmar Thate Bishop Philipp

Technical Credits
Volker Schlöndorff Director
Peter R. Adam Editor
Tomas Erhart Cinematographer
Eberhard Goerner Screenwriter
Jürgen Haase Producer
Juergen Haase Producer
Ari Hantke Production Designer
Jarmila Konecna Costumes/Costume Designer
Andreas Pflueger Screenwriter
Wolfgang Plehn Executive Producer
Alfred Schnittke Score Composer
Gunnar Vogt Sound/Sound Designer
Irene Weigel Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Ninth Day
1. Amen [7:30]
2. Released [3:47]
3. The 1st Day [5:52]
4. The 2nd Day [10:31]
5. Privilege [5:19]
6. The 3rd Day [12:13]
7. The 4th Day [14:42]
8. The 5th Day [2:39]
9. The 6th Day [10:43]
10. The 7th Day [8:18]
11. The 8th Day [4:43]
12. The 9th Day [7:00]

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