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by Sven Taddicken


Having fun, sparking chaos and kicking up a riot have long been the way of life for high-sea pirates Klaus Störtebeker and Gödeke Michels. Endless conquests on the North and Baltic seas have lent Störtebeker 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 Störtebeker 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 Störtebeker? 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 ...

international title: 12 Paces Without a Head
original title: 12 Meter ohne Kopf
country: Germany
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Sven Taddicken
film run: 102'
release date: DE 10/12/2009
screenplay: Matthias Pacht
cast: Franziska Wulf, Jana Pallaske, Detlev Buck, Hinnerk Schoenemann, Devid Striesow, Matthias Schweighöfer, Ronald Zehrfeld
cinematography by: Daniela Knapp
film editing: Alexander Dittner, Andreas Wodraschke, Florian Miosge
art director: Peter Menne
music: Christoph Blaser, Steffen Kahles
producer: Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel, Björn Vosgerau, Nina Bohlmann, Babette Schroeder
production: Wüste Film, Warner Bros Entertainment Germany, Magnolia Filmproduktion GmbH
backing: German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund
distributor: Warner Bros Entertainment Germany
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