12 METERS WITHOUT A HEADDirector: 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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