Film Roundup: Germany

12 METERS WITHOUT A HEAD

Director: Sven Taddicken

Producers: Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel

Stars: Ronald Zehrfeld, Matthias Schweighoefer

The scoop: Taddicken and writer Matthias Pacht give the story of legendary German buccaneer Klaus Stoertebeker a modern and humorous twist.

Sales: The Match Factory

THE COUNTESS

Director: Julie Delpy

Producers: Julie Delpy, Andro Steinborn, Christopher Tuffin, Matthew E. Chausse

Stars: Julie Delpy, William Hurt, Daniel Bruehl, Radha Mitchell

The scoop: Delpy’s take on the legend of the 16th-century Hungarian countess explores how she was defamed by her enemies, many of whom were financially indebted to her late husband. Unspools in Berlin’s Panorama.

Sales: Celluloid Dreams

EFFI BRIEST

Director: Hermine Huntgeburth

Producer: Guenter Rohrbach

Stars: Julia Jentsch, Sebastian Koch, Juliane Koehler

The scoop: The latest adaptation of the 19th-century Theodor Fontane novel about the tragic marriage of a young woman and the impact of social mores on her life.

Sales: Beta Cinema

JOHN RABE

Director: Florian Gallenberger

Producers: Mischa Hofmann, Jan Mojto, Benjamin Herrmann

Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Bruehl, Steve Buscemi

The scoop: Shot on location in Shanghai and Nanjing, the fact-based World War II drama tells the story of a German businessman in China who used his Nazi party credentials to save thousands of Chinese during the Japanese invasion of Nanjing.

Sales: Beta Cinema

LULU UND JIMI

Director: Oskar Roehler

Producers: Gabriela Sperl, Uwe Schott, Stefan Arndt

Stars: Jennifer Decker, Ray Fearon, Katrin Sass, Udo Kier

The scoop: In 1950s Germany, young Lulu shocks her family and her small town when she falls in love with handsome African-American Jimi. Pic preems this month in Sundance.

Sales: Beta Cinema

POPE JOAN

Director: Soenke Wortmann

Producers: Martin Moszkowicz, Oliver Berben

Stars: Johanna Wokalek, David Wenham, John Goodman

The scoop: Based on the novel by Donna W. Cross, pic recounts the ninth-century legend of a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to educate herself and ascends the papal throne.

Sales: Summit Entertainment

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