The Ninth Day
The Ninth Day • 1h 30m
A powerful historical drama directed by Academy Award-winner Volker Schlöndorff ("The Tin Drum") and starring Ulrich Matthes (Downfall), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds, A Hidden Life) and Bibiana Beglau (Crescendo).
Inspired by the true tale of a dissident priest's temporary furlough from Dachau, "The Ninth Day" transforms an ethical crisis into a nail biting showdown of unspeakable guilt into transcendent redemption. From inside the hell of the Dachau concentration camp, Father Henri Kremer clings to a fragile life and fading faith. But Gestapo officer Gebhardt, a young and ruthless lapsed seminarian, arranges a nine day reprieve for the priest. If Kramer can persuade his staunchly anti-Nazi Bishop to capitulate to Nazi occupation, he'll go free. But if he fails or tries to escape, certain death awaits. Torn between duty, faith, fear for his own life and for the lives of his loved ones, in just nine days Kremer must find a way to ease his conscience, protect his family, and uphold his vows.
Best Film | Munich Film Festival 2004
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
German, French (with English subtitles)