"The Ninth Day"
Directed by Volker Schlondorff
New German Cinema veteran Volker Schlondorff (The Tin
Drum) offers a fascinating fictionalized account of the gap in a
Luxembourgian clergyman's diary, written during his internment at Dachau.
John Bernard was mysteriously allowed nine days to attend his mother's
funeral, and Schlondorff and screenwriters Eberhard Gorner and Andreas
Pfluger attempt to piece together what might have happened. Their story puts
Bernard (Ulrich Matthes, Downfall) at the center of a Nazi scheme to
dissuade the Christian church from resisting their efforts, and the church's
subsequent collaboration is one of Schlondorff's main focuses. Exacting in
its attention to motivation and detail, this is a stinging rebuke to the
cruel absurdities of the Nazi era. German with English subtitles.