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THE NINTH DAY

by Volker Schloendorff

synopsis

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 co-operate with the german occupation forces, and that they 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 the pressure from the high command, gives Kremer nine days ... or return to the living hell he has just escaped from.

international title: The Ninth Day
original title: Der Neunte Tag
country: Germany, Luxembourg, France
sales agent: Cinepool
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Volker Schloendorff
film run: 97'
release date: DE 11/11/2004, LU 16/11/2004, PL 21/10/2005, ES 13/01/2006, CZ 06/04/2006
screenplay: Eberhard Görner
cast: Ulrich Matthes, August Diehl, Bibiana Beglau, Hilmar Thate
cinematography by: Tomas Erhart
film editing: Peter R. Adam
art director: Ari Hantke
music: Alfred Schnittke
producer: Jürgen Haase
production: Provobis Film, ARTE France
backing: FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Film Find Luxembourg
distributor: Progress Film-Verleih
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