12 Paces Without A Head

In 2002, right after “My Brother The Vampire”, me and the script writer Matthias Pacht had the idea to make a low-budget-pirate movie with modern dialogues. Pirate-flicks didn’t really existed for the last 50 years, and we thought we could only re-visit this genre with irony. And after all, our idea was about something else: The pirate-ship as a funny metaphor for a bunch of men, refusing to grow up.

Then a lot happend: Emma’s Bliss became a success. Pirates of the Caribbean got released, and the production companies Wüste Film and Warner Bros Germany gave us (too much) money. With a lot of love we made a film, that somehow outgrew it’s basic idea. At least the critics liked it. ST


Set your course for the seven seas in this rock’n’rolling fusion of medieval pirate adventure and buddy comedy. Klaus Stortebeker and Godeke Michels have a reputation of being two of the most notorious and feared pirates – or at least they used to. As of late, they and their crew have gotten sloppy and lazy. But when the two buds discover a new weapon that will revolutionize warfare, they know it is time to make their comeback.

Hamptons International Filmfestival, 2010

Watch the charming, french trailer:


Cast: Ronald Zehrfeld, Matthias Schweighöfer, Hinnerk Schönemann, Oliver Bröcker, Devid Striesow,  Franziska Wulf, Jana Pallaske, Alexander Scheer, Milan Peschel, Detlev Buck

Directed by Sven Taddicken / Written by Matthias Pacht
DOP: Daniela Knapp / Edited by Andreas Wodraschke, Alexander Dittner, Florian Miosge
Music: Steffen Kahles, Christoph Blaser
Produced by Wüste Film, Björn Vosgerau + Stefan Schubert / Warner Bros Germany / Magnolia Film