Pope Joan

About This Project

Synopsis

In 814 A.D. Johanna is condemned to life as a woman.  Her life seems to be predetermined: work, have children and die young.  But Johanna decides to resist – her strict father, the rules of the Church – for the sake of her conviction and her faith, because she senses that her destiny is a different one, that God is showing her a different path.  But the price she will have to pay is a high one.

Johanna attends the cathedral school in Dorstadt and meets Count Gerold, a noble man at the Bishop’s court.  Their friendship develops into love.  When Gerold goes to war, Johanna remembers her destiny.  But she cannot achieve her goal as a woman.  Johanna makes a decision that will have far-reaching consequences: she joins the Benedictine Monastery at Fulda disguised as a man, calling herself Brother Johannes, and lives there as a successful and well-respected doctor.  When her real identity is in danger of being revealed, she flees to Rome.  She meets Gerold there again and realizes that there is one thing she can no longer deny: her love for him.

Johanna continues to move up the church hierarchy and the danger of her being found out becomes greater and greater.  She also increasingly feels the necessity to decide: does she want to give her heart to God or to a man?  But then the decision is taken away from her: when Pope Sergius dies, Johanna is named as his successor.  However, her feelings for Gerold are stronger than her fear of being found out – but Johanna’s enemies are just waiting for a chance to remove her from the throne…

Cast & Crew
Cast
Johanna JOHANNA WOKALEK
Gerold DAVID WENHAM
Pope Sergius JOHN GOODMAN
Village Priest IAIN GLEN
Aesculapius EDWARD PETHERBRIDGE
Anastasius ANATOLE TAUBMAN
Johanna (aged 10-14) LOTTE FLACK
Johanna (aged 6-9) TIGERLILY HUTCHINSON
Gudrun JÖRDIS TRIEBEL
Emperor Lothar ALEXANDER HELD
Arsenius OLIVER COTTON
Arighis NICHOLAS WOODESON
Richilde CLAUDIA MICHELSEN
Bishop Fulgentius OLIVER NÄGELE
Abbot of Fulda CHRISTIAN REDL
Odo MARC BISCHOFF
Bishop Arnaldo SUZANNE BERTISH
Benjamin TOM STRAUSS
Aio IAN GELDER
Johannes (aged 13-19) JAN-HENDRIK KIEFER
Mathew (aged 12) SANDRO LOHMANN
Crew
Director SÖNKE WORTMANN
Screenplay by HEINRICH HADDING, SÖNKE WORTMANN
Based on the novel by DONNA WOOLFOLK CROSS
Producers MARTIN MOSKOWICZ, OLIVER BERBEN
Line Producer CHRISTINE ROTHE
Co-producers HERMAN WEIGEL, NORBERT SAUER, FARUK ALATAN, EDMON ROCH
Associate
Producers
DORIS J. HEINZE, JANA BRANDT, MICHAEL SCHMIDL, BARBARA
BUHL, JÖRN KLAMROTH
Director of Photography TOM FÁHRMANN
Edited by HANS FUNCK
Original Music MARCEL BARSOTTI
Production Designer BERND LEPEL
Costume Designer ESTHER WALZ
Key Make-up Artist HASSO VON HUGO
Casting TOBY WHALE, CDG
Production Manager ANJA DIHRBERG, BVC
1st Assistant Director SYLVIA TOLLMAN
Visual Effects Supervisor FRANK KUSCHE
VFX & Digital Grading DOMINIK TRIMBORN
Creative Director TOM FÄHRMANN
Sound Mixer ROLAND WINKE
Supervising Sound Editor STEFAN BUSCH
Sound Re-recording Mixer MICHAEL KRANZ
Production Notes
Title: Pope Joan / Die Päpstin
Year: 2009
Country: Alemania, Reino Unido, Italia y España
Genre: Drama/ Historia/ Romance
Runtime: 149 mins.
Language: Inglés
World Premiere: 22  de octubre del 2009
Produced
by:
CONSTANTIN FILM AG, UFA FILM & TV PRODUKTION,
MEDUSA FILM, IKIRU FILMS, ARD
Sponsors: GERMAN FEDERAL FILM BOARD (FFA), FILMSTIFTUNG NRW,
FILMFERNSEHFONDS BAYERN, MITTELDEUTSCHE MEDIENFÖRDERUNG,
FILMFÖRDERUNGSANSTALT
Distributed
by:
CONSTANTIN FILM VERLEIH, PATHÉ FILMS AG,PATHÉ FILMS AG
(CH), CONSTANTIN (AT), ODEON (GR), E1 ENTERTAINMENT BENELUX
International Sales: SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (USA)
Festivals & Awards

 

OFF-logo-t-300x142 BEST FEATURE FILMOjai Film Festival (California), 10th edition (2010)
DFP_Logo_M_Gold_CMYK NOMINATION BEST PRODUCTION DESIGNNOMINATION BEST COSTUMENOMINATION BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Jördis Triebel)German Film Academy’s Lola Awards ,
60th edition (2010)
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