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Pope Joan (2009) More at IMDbPro »Die Päpstin (original title)

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Director:
Writers:
Donna Woolfolk Cross (novel) and
Heinrich Hadding (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 October 2009 (Germany) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A woman of English extraction born in the German city of Ingelheim in the ninth century disguises herself as a man and rises through the Vatican ranks. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Best historical movie of they year? See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Johanna Wokalek ... Johanna von Ingelheim

David Wenham ... Gerold

John Goodman ... Pope Sergius

Iain Glen ... Village Priest
Edward Petherbridge ... Aesculapius

Anatole Taubman ... Anastasius
Lotte Flack ... Johanna von Ingelheim - Age 10-14
Tigerlily Hutchinson ... Pope Joan - age 6-9
Jördis Triebel ... Joan's mother

Oliver Cotton ... Arsenius

Nicholas Woodeson ... Arighis

Suzanne Bertish ... Bishop Arnaldo

Richard van Weyden ... Eusthasius

Branko Tomovic ... Paschal

Lenn Kudrjawizki ... Jordanes
Ian Gelder ... Aio
Alexander Held ... King Lothar

Sandro Lohmann ... Matthew - age 12

Christian Redl ... Abbot of Fulda

Claudia Michelsen ... Richilde
Marc Bischoff ... Odo
Tom Strauss ... Benjamin
Alberto Cracco ... Ennodius

Giorgio Lupano ... Mamertus
Marian Meder ... Arn
Oliver Nägele ... Bishop Fulgentius
Katrin Pollitt
Raúl Semmler ... Valentinus
Hendrik Arnst
Lukas T. Berglund ... Matthew - age 6
Isabel Bongard ... Gisele Age 15
Claudia Geisler-Bading (as Claudia Geisler)
Christoph Glaubacker ... Thedo
Colin Goodwin ... Nobleman

Heinrich Hadding ... Young Priest
Kristina Karst ... Bona
Ellie Kemish ... Gisele
Frank Kessler ... King of the Normanns
Jan-Hendrik Kiefer ... John - age 13 to 19
William Stütz ... John at age 9 to 12
Georg Tryphon

Frank Witter ... House Steward
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paulina Bachmann ... Bishop's mistress
Amber Bongard ... Gisla - Age 11
Mike Braun ... Drunken Man

Rupert Degas ... Anastasius (voice)
Jack Flack ... Johannes - age 3
Thomas Glas ... Blacksmith
Sven Hönig ... Odilo

Sebastian Hülk ... Envoy
Steffen Jurk ... Blacksmith's Son
Heiko Kiesow ... Norman #1
Gerard Krause ... Raftsman
Robert Meller ... Monk in Scriptorum
Wolfgang Packhäuser ... Milk Merchant
Lutz Potthoff ... Page at Villaris
Tabitha Christina Rieger ... Johanna von Ingelheim - baby
Jolly Serra ... Robber
Amara Wagner ... Dhouda - Age 10
Maraile Wagner ... Dhouda - Age 6
Barbara Wittman ... Blacksmith's Wife
Mohamed Zerwal ... Servant in Scriptorum

Directed by
Sönke Wortmann 
 
Writing credits
Donna Woolfolk Cross (novel)

Heinrich Hadding  screenplay
Jodi Ann Johnson 
Sönke Wortmann  screenplay

Produced by
Faruk Alatan .... co-producer
Oliver Berben .... producer
Jana Brandt .... associate producer
Barbara Buhl .... associate producer
Doris J. Heinze .... associate producer
Jörn Klamroth .... associate producer
Martin Moszkowicz .... producer
Edmon Roch .... co-producer
Christine Rothe .... line producer
Norbert Sauer .... co-producer
Michael Schmidl .... associate producer
Thomas Schreiber .... associate producer
Silvia Tollmann .... line producer
Herman Weigel .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Marcel Barsotti 
 
Cinematography by
Tom Fährmann (director of photography) (as Tom Fährmann BVK)
 
Film Editing by
Hans Funck 
 
Casting by
Anja Dihrberg 
Toby Whale 
 
Production Design by
Bernd Lepel 
 
Art Direction by
Hucky Hornberger (segment)
Uwe Szielasko 
 
Set Decoration by
Johannes Wild 
 
Costume Design by
Esther Walz 
 
Makeup Department
Mariam Lee Abounouom .... makeup artist
Nezha Aouis .... makeup artist
Karadag Canel .... makeup artist
Yvonne Franz .... makeup artist
Sebastian Lochmann .... special makeup effects sculptor
Michele Orlia .... makeup artist
Valeska Schitthelm .... hair stylist
Valeska Schitthelm .... makeup artist
Hasso von Hugo .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ahmed Abounouom .... production manager: Morocco
Isabell Brandenburg .... unit manager: Germany
Miki Emmrich .... production manager: second unit, Italy
Jens Enderling .... unit manager: Morocco
Christine Rothe .... executive in charge of production
Silvia Tollmann .... production manager
Gernot Valendzik .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hamid Ait Timaghrit .... second assistant director: morocco
Tatjana Bartel .... second assistant director
Victor Bojinov .... first assistant director: Bulgaria
Mouhssine El Badaoui .... first assistant director: Morocco
Heinrich Hadding .... second unit director
Lisa Hauss .... first assistant director: second unit
Frank Kusche .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Mchachti Ahmed .... props trainee
Tarik Amchemar .... props
Stefan Burischek .... set dresser
Enzo Enzel .... head painter
Christina Heidelmeier .... props
Christina Heidelmeier .... set designer
Sven Jung .... set dresser
Joachim Keppler .... stand-by props
El Maadi Khaoula .... props trainee
Tino Knoche .... prop hand
Danny Krisp .... set dresser
Antje Krug .... set construction: Germany
Georg Kuhn .... property master
Vesselin Lessev .... draftsman
Vesselin Lessev .... drawings and paintings
Oubelka Mamoun .... store man
Samiri Menouar .... art director: Morocco
Aziz Rafiq .... art director: Morocco
Aziz Rafiq .... assistant art director
Mobsitte Saad .... props trainee
Barbara Sandberg .... concept artist
Nebojsa Tabacki .... concept artist
Aziz Hamichi .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Claudio Magrini .... construction manager (uncredited)
Igor Toshevski .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Arnold .... adr recordist
Jan Bloemeke .... sound effects editor
Peter Brückelmayer .... boom operator
Stefan Busch .... supervising sound editor
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Naomi Dandridge .... adr recordist
Tom Deane .... adr mixer
Romain Drouillon .... dubbing mixer
Lisa Geffcken-Reinhard .... sound editor
Lee Herrick .... adr supervisor
Michael Kranz .... sound re-recording mixer
Jörn Poetzl .... foley artist
Benjamin A. Rosenkind .... sound re-recording mixer
Andreas Schneider .... foley artist
Philipp Sellier .... foley recordist
Bernhard Vogl .... adr
Roland Winke .... sound mixer
Nourdine Zaoui .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Christoph Gartlacher .... special effects technician
Rolf Hanke .... special effects project manager
Wolfgang Higler .... special effects senior technician
Sebastian Lochmann .... sculptor
Gerd Nefzer .... special effects supervisor (as Gerd Feuchter)
Claudius Rauch .... special effects technician
Jonas Schamal .... special effects technician
Jens Schmiedel .... special effects set supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Andreas Alesik .... visual effects artist
Tom Fährmann .... digital grading creative director
Marcel Knüdeler .... digital artist
David Laubsch .... digital compositor
Mathis Lex .... digital compositor
Katja Müller .... visual effects producer
Marco Ringler .... digital compositor
Christoph Schmidt .... digital artist (as Christoph Otto Schmidt)
Abraham Schneider .... lead compositing artist: ARRI
Stefan Tischner .... digital compositor
Dominik Trimborn .... visual effects supervisor: ARRI
Christian Wieser .... senior compositing artist: ARRI
Tobias Wiesner .... digital compositor: ARRI Digital Film
Alisa Wimmer .... digital compositor
Patrick Zentis .... matte painting supervisor: Visual Accord Effects
 
Stunts
Hami Belal .... stunts
Tarik Belmekki .... stunts : stunts
Volkhart Buff .... stunt coordinator
Benoît Fabre .... stunt performer
Othman Ilyassa .... stunts
Alessija Lause .... stunt performer
René Lay .... stunts
Philippe Losson .... stunts
Albrecht Marco .... stunts
Mike Möller .... stunts
Christian Petersson .... stunts
Vanessa Wieduwilt .... horse master
Vanessa Wieduwilt .... stunt double: Johanna Wokalek
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Markus Eckert .... Steadicam operator
Markus Eckert .... camera: second unit
Michael Hauptfleisch .... first assistant camera: steadicam
Mohammed Amine Hlal .... lighting technician trainee
Thomas Hübener .... scorpio head technician
Metehan Karakus .... electrician
Karl Keil .... clapper loader: first unit
Oliver Kellmann .... crane tech
Glenn König .... key grip
Erwin Lanzensberger .... Steadicam operator
Bohamdi Lyamani .... electrician
Driss Marzak .... gaffer
Felix Rauch .... scorpio crane technician
Kamaleddine Talmi .... grip
Heiko Wentorp .... assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Salah Benchegra .... casting
Jacqueline Rietz .... casting: children
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erika Benedek .... aging assistant
Julia Beyer .... dresser: historic
Daniela Ortenzia Chelaru .... costume coordinator: Romania
Idriss El Gholb .... set costumer
Marie Heitzinger .... textile breakdown artist
Sonja Hesse .... wardrobe
Abdelfattah Qzaibar .... assistant costume
Julia Raschke .... wardrobe
Ilka Stoye .... assistant costume designer
Steffen Surek .... wardrobe
Hassan Taghriti .... costume supervisor: Morocco
Anette Tirler .... assistant costume designer
Csongor Ujfalvi .... aging assistant
 
Editorial Department
Markus Baburske .... on-line editor: video mastering
Luna Debole .... second assistant editor
Andschana Eschenbach .... first assistant editor
Traudl Nicholson .... lead colorist
Yvonne Tran .... colorist (dailies)
 
Music Department
Marcel Barsotti .... music editor
Marcel Barsotti .... musician
Marcel Barsotti .... orchestrator
Ferran Cruixent .... musician: pianist
Ferran Cruixent .... orchestrator
Sandro Friedrich .... musician: ethnic flute
Peter Fuchs .... score mixer
Pia Hoffmann .... music supervisor
Dennis Kopacz .... pro tools operator
Frank Strobel .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Jan Bludau .... production driver
Abbes Ghazouani .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Hans-Peter Abts .... set manager (as Hans Abts)
Franziska An der Gassen .... assistant production executive (as Franziska-Marie Reinhardt)
Grit Belitz .... production coordinator (as Grit Simbeck)
Michael Belitz .... production assistant
Susan Bliss .... Post production scripts
Tatjana Bonnet .... assistant production executive (as Tatjana Jakovleski)
Benedikt Bothe .... assistant set manager
Kristov Brändli .... production accountant
Donna Woolfolk Cross .... creative consultant
Omar Driouche .... location assistant (as Omar Darouiche)
Nick Hertwig .... location scout
Svet Hrouchoff .... manager: base camp
Ernestine Kahn .... dialogue coach
Nazha Kajja .... production secretary
Yasmina Majid .... coordination
Frank Meter .... location scout
Abdessalam Ngadi .... cashier
Judith Niemeyer .... publicist
Eva Obieglo .... production assistant: Morocco
Ibtisame Semmar .... production accountant
Dorothee Specht .... production coordinator
Birgit Theis .... child care
Sören von der Heyde .... location scout
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Die Päpstin" - Germany (original title)
"The Mystery of a Pope" - Europe (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
Germany:149 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2011) | Brazil:16 (Netflix self-rating) | Germany:12 (f) | Netherlands:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to Volker Schlöndorff's own statements, he left the director's chair after an argument with the production company Constantin, which wanted to shoot a cinematic feature film version as well as a TV miniseries version at the same time. Schlöndorff disagreed with the terms and left. Franka Potente then left also out of loyalty to the director.See more »
Quotes:
Johanna von Ingelheim:As for will, woman should be considered superior to man for Eve ate of the apple for love of knowledge and learning, but Adam ate of it merely because she asked him.See more »
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35 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Best historical movie of they year?, 8 April 2010
Author: nicco77

It is for sure one of the best movies about ancient history and educated women that I seen so far, what makes this unique is that Joan strives to excel in religion and science.

She comes from a traditional middle-ages background where women are uneducated so she has to learn how to look and act like a man to be able to follow her passion, this creates a constant struggle to hide her true gender.

Her intelligent and strength in human character shines through the canvas and what she manages to accomplish in her lifetime was phenomenal!

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