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Fischfang in der Rhön (an der Sinn)

Fishing in the Rhön Mountains (in the Sinn River)


An idyll in rural Hesse in the final summer of the Weimar Republic. Ella Bergmann-Michel, who arranged collages of fish pictures for natural history books, films her husband angling in a crystal-clear river. The harsh reality of eating and being eaten intrudes upon her “lyrical landscape imagery” – in the shape of a stalking cat. During the Nazi era, the Michels survived by fishing and farming.

Ella Bergmann-Michel

Germany 1932

Without dialogue

Documentary form
11’ · Black/White · 16 mm


Ella Bergmann-Michel

Film Print: Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF, Frankfurt am Main