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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Ninth Day for showing how a
brave German Priest defied the Nazis but at great cost to himself.

The Ninth Day
No one can save them.

The Ninth Day (2004) - 93 minutes
The Ninth Day at Amazon.com

With The Ninth Day, director Volker Schlondorff (The Tin Drum, The Legend of Rita, Circle of Deceit) creates a moral thriller that "succeeds in illuminating an almost unimaginably dark story" (The New York Times). Inspired by the true tale of a dissidents priest's temporary furlough from Dachau, The Ninth Day transforms an ethical crisis into a nail-biting showdown and unspeakable guilt into transcendent redemption.

From inside the hell of the Dachau concentration camp "Priest Block," Father Henri Kremer (Ulrich Mattes - Downfall) clings to fragile life and fading faith. But Gestapo officer Gebhardt (August Diehl - Love the Hard Way), 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.

Ulrich Mattes is "eerily convincing as a man torn by moral choices" (Time Out New York). Together, pilgrim Kremer and tempter Gebhardt "are singularly fascinating as tension-filled incompatibles" (Andrew Sarris, NY Observer). Mattes, Diehl and The Legend of Rita's Bibiana Beglau, as Kremer's sister, contribute aggressively eloquent performances. The Ninth Day showcases the sensitive visionary precision that has kept Volker Schlondorff on the leading edge of international cinema for four decades.

The Ninth Day
No one can save them.

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Ninth Day for showing how a
brave German Priest defied the Nazis but at great cost to himself.