Denkmal-Film Verhaag

Der Bauer der das Gras wachsen hört

The Farmer who hears the grass growing

a film by Bertram Verhaag

45 min

Please note: this film is only available in German!


“Give him three years. The place will be covered in weeds.” Michael Simml convertedto organic farming in the early 1980s. He was a pioneer – one of the first organic farmers in Germany. He did his best to ignore the neighbours’ sceptical whispers.

Nowadays, Simml brings in bumper harvests from just 18 hectares of ground in the Bavarian Forest. And the doubters? They’ve long changed their minds. So what’s Simml’s recipe for success? Crop rotation, working together with earthworms and beetles, and the ability to understand what the ground is trying to tell him when weeds start growing out of it.

“The Famer who Hears the Grass Growing” has so far won six prizes. Most recently, it was named “Best Ecological Film” at the Greenscreen Festival in Eckernförde, northern Germany.


Publikumspreis, Internationales Filmfestival Eberswalde -- Bester Film (2. Preis), ATLANTIS Natur- und Umweltfestival Wiesbaden -- Hoimar-von-Ditfurth-Preis, Ökofilmtour 2010 -- Filmpreis Bayern (2. Preis), NaturVision 2010 -- Publikumspreis, NaturVision 2010 -- Bester ökologischer Film, Green Screen Eckernförde 2010 -- Bester Dokumentarfilm, 36. Ekofilm-Fest 2011 -- Preis des Landwirtschaftsministers, Life Sciences Film Festival 2011 -- Beste Regie, Festival in Xi'an 2011
Buch & Regie Bertram Verhaag Kamera Waldemar Hauschild Schnitt Verena Schönauer
Ton Zoltan Ravasz Mischung Ralph Bienzeisler Farbkorrektur Jürgen Pertack
Assistenz Isabel Theiler Redaktion Johannes Pechtold, BR
In Co-Produktion mit dem Bayerischen Rundfunk
© 2009 DENKmal-Film Verhaag GmbH