Makatsch bears down on Steiff pic

World Brief

Heike Makatsch will star in “Appolonia Margarete Steiff,” a biopic about the creator of the famous toy bears.

Steiff, born in 1847 and confined to a wheelchair by polio for most of her life, founded the Steiff company in 1880.

Xaver Schwarzenberger is directing the pic for pubcaster ARD, Austrian pubcaster ORF and German-French broadcaster Arte.

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