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Scene from "12 Paces Without a Head" (photo © Britta Krehl/Wueste Film)

Having fun, sparking chaos and kicking up a riot have long been the way of life for high-sea pirates Klaus Stoertebeker and Goedeke Michels. Endless conquests on the North and Baltic seas have lent Stoertebeker the reputation of a rebel and a revolutionary, and to his loyal troops of sea pirates he is a living legend. But the constant fighting and battling with those loathed “moneybags” of the Hanse has worn down the once invincible buccaneers and their bold crew. When Stoertebeker is seriously wounded in a battle to capture a ship, the legendary pirate begins to question whether this life holds a future for him, and when he ends up falling in love with the beautiful and feisty Bille, who evokes in him dreams of a quiet life on land, he is finally forced to face his future: What now Stoertebeker? Guerilla or gardener? A fight with Michels, the flaming full-blooded pirate is inevitable, until the discovery of a secret wonder weapon lifts their spirits and reignites their bond – but the mighty Hanse has also stocked up on its weapons and the so the final battle nears...

Sven Taddicken was born in 1974 in Hamburg and studied directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemburg from 1996-2002. For his short film COUNTING SHEEP (1999), he was nominated for the Student Academy Awards®. His feature debut GETTING MY BROTHER LAID (2001) premiered in the Official Competition at the Rotterdam Film Festival where it also received the FIPRESCI Critics' Award. His second feature EMMA’S BLISS (2006) premiered in the Zabaltegi Competition of the San Sebastian IFF and won numerous international awards including Best Screenplay (Hamptons IFF, 2006) and an Audience Award (Sevilla IFF, 2006). His third feature 12 PACES WITHOUT A HEAD (2009) about the legendary German high-sea pirate Klaus Störtebeker was released by Warner Bros. Germany and premiered at the Shanghai IFF (2010). ORIGINAL BLISS (2016) is his 4th feature film as a director.
Genre Comedy, History
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Sven Taddicken
Screenplay Matthias Pacht
Cinematography Daniela Knapp
Alexander Dittner, Andreas Wodraschke, Florian Miosge
Christoph Blaser, Steffen Kahles
Peter Menne
Cast Franziska Wulf, Jana Pallaske, Detlev Buck, Hinnerk Schönemann, Devid Striesow, Matthias Schweighöfer, Ronald Zehrfeld
Producers Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel, Björn Vosgerau
Co-Producers Nina Bohlmann, Babette Schroeder
Production Company Wüste Film/Hamburg, in co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures, Magnolia Filmproduktion/Hamburg
Length 102 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Shanghai 2010, Hamptons 2010, Seattle 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures

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