Der neunte Tag

Der neunte Tag

Deutschland / Luxemburg 2003/2004, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The Ninth Day

The Luxembourger Abbé Kremer has nine days to reach a decision about life or death. A decision that shakes the very foundations of his beliefs and which will not only determine his own fate, but that of his family and friends.

Henri Kremer has been temporarily released from the Dachau concentration camp, an unheard-of situation with a diabolical twist. Gebhardt, the young, fanatical Gestapo chief of Luxembourg, presents him with an alternative: either he joins forces with the Nazis, supports their undertakings, and remains a free man, or he will be thrown back in prison, and his sister Marie and other priests already interned in the camp will suffer the fatal consequences. Nine days long the Nazi and the priest carry out a fierce battle of ideologies, a clash whereby Gebhardt tries to win over the priest by professing his own Christian faith and Kremer has to reconcile the consequences of his decision with his conscience.

In "The ninth Day" Volker Schlöndorff has taken up a topic in which there is no right or wrong, no clear differentiation between good and evil, but rather where – much as in "The lost honor of Katharina Blum" or "Germany in autumn" – a profoundly political decision has to be taken. Schlöndorff’s chamber piece represents one of the most telling confrontations with the German past.

Source: 55. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Volker Schlöndorff
Screenplay:Eberhard Görner, Andreas Pflüger
Director of photography:Tomas Erhart
Editing:Peter R. Adam
Music:Alfred Schnittke
  
Cast: 
Ulrich MatthesAbbé Henri Kremer
August DiehlUntersturmführer Gebhardt
Hilmar ThateBischof Philipp Lux
Bibiana BeglauMarie Kremer
Germain WagnerRoger Kremer
Götz BurgerGeneralvikar Gerard Mersch
Michael KönigGauleiter Simon
Jean Paul RathsRaymond Schmitt
Karel DobrýBertram
Ivan JirikArmando Bausch
Karel HromadkaPater Laurant Koltz
Miroslav SichmanPater Marcel Bour
Adolf FilipKlimek
Vladimir FiserBischof Kozal
Petr VargaJózef, polnischer Häftling
Petr JanisPater Nansen
Zdenek PechacekKZ-Kommandant
  
Production company:Provobis Film GmbH (Leipzig)
Producer:Jürgen Haase

All Credits

Director:Volker Schlöndorff
Assistant director:Irene Weigel
Script supervisor:Dana Joas
Screenplay:Eberhard Görner, Andreas Pflüger
based on:Jean Bernard (Autobiografie "Pferrerblok 25487, Dachau 1941-42")
Director of photography:Tomas Erhart
Assistant camera:Karsten Danch
Still photography:Anngret Plehn
Production design:Ari Hantke
Make-up artist:Juraj Steiner, Tatiana Steinerova
Costume design:Jarmila Konečná
Editing:Peter R. Adam
Sound:Gunnar Voigt
Audio mixing:Hubert Bartholomae
Casting:Ulrike Haase
Music:Alfred Schnittke
  
Cast: 
Ulrich MatthesAbbé Henri Kremer
August DiehlUntersturmführer Gebhardt
Hilmar ThateBischof Philipp Lux
Bibiana BeglauMarie Kremer
Germain WagnerRoger Kremer
Götz BurgerGeneralvikar Gerard Mersch
Michael KönigGauleiter Simon
Jean Paul RathsRaymond Schmitt
Karel DobrýBertram
Ivan JirikArmando Bausch
Karel HromadkaPater Laurant Koltz
Miroslav SichmanPater Marcel Bour
Adolf FilipKlimek
Vladimir FiserBischof Kozal
Petr VargaJózef, polnischer Häftling
Petr JanisPater Nansen
Zdenek PechacekKZ-Kommandant
  
Production company:Provobis Film GmbH (Leipzig)
in co-production with:Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) (München), Videopress s.a. (Luxemburg)
in association with:Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
Producer:Jürgen Haase
Producer (TV):Benigna von Keyserlingk, Jakob Hausmann
Executive producer:Jean Vanolst, Milos Remen
Line producer:Wolfgang Plehn
Unit production manager:Dirk Ehmen, Ivan Filus, Jean-Claude Schlim
Shoot:30.11.2003-31.01.2004: Tschechische Republik, Prag, Luxemburg, Bayern, Berlin und Umgebung,
Original distributor:Progress Film-Verleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH (FFFB) (München), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Film Fund Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Length:2660 m, 97 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Fujicolor, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 23.07.2004, 98883, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 02.07.2004, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 11.11.2004;
TV-Erstsendung: 06.04.2007, Arte

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Der neunte Tag
Arbeitstitel Pfarrerblock

Versions

Original

Length:2660 m, 97 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Fujicolor, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 23.07.2004, 98883, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 02.07.2004, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 11.11.2004;
TV-Erstsendung: 06.04.2007, Arte
 

Awards

Filmfestival St. Petersburg 2006
Großer Preis
 
Deutscher Filmpreis 2005
Lola, Bestes Szenenbild