The ninth day

The ninth day is a German film of 2004 directed by Volker Schlöndorff based on the real history of the Luxembourgish Catholic priest Jean Bernard ,collected in his autobiography Pfarrerblock 25487 ( ISBN 2-87963-286-2 ).

The winner of an Oscar and the Palme d’ Or in Cannes for The Tin Drum , Volker Schlöndorff ( War and Peace , Death of a Salesman ), directs this fact – based story centered on the so – called ” Pfarrerblock “ a field Concentration with more than 2,500 religious within the field of Dachau , near Munich , of which approximately half survived.

Ulrich Matthes ( The sinking ) and August Diehl ( Tattoo ) form a binomial in the interpretation of two antagonistic personages like the Catholic priest and a Nazi official.


Set in one of the Nazi extermination camps during World War II , The Ninth Day tells the story of a Catholic priest who was imprisoned for being opposed to Hitler’s racist ideology .

Father Kremer, a Luxemburgish priest , is granted nine days to go to his mother’s funeral. What may seem like an act of charity is actually a strategy for Kremer to persuade the influential bishop of Luxembourg to press the Pope , Pius XII and this one to collaborate with Hitler. By the way he could get his freedom .

The protagonist must decide if he betrays his principles and thus gains freedom or is headed towards certain death.

The film is divided into nine blocks, each corresponding to one of the days in which Father Kremer enjoys a special permit, which allows him to temporarily leave the concentration camp in which he has been confined for his energetic Holocaust conviction , And in which he has to win for the Nazi cause the reticent Luxembourg bishop.


The ninth day is considered one of the best films by Volker Schlöndorff , along with The Tin Drum and The Ogre .

Like Costa-Gavras in Amen , Schlöndorf bets on the perspective of a dichotomy , that of a priest recruited by force as an intermediary, and that of a Reich official with suspenseful conscience.


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