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Do Fish Do It? (Fickende Fische)

Do Fish Do It?
Scene from "Do Fish Do It?" (photo courtesy of COIN Film)

"What does your paradise look like, then?" - "Dark. Quiet. Wet. And full of fish."

Jan likes Shakespeare, water and fish. Nina likes roller-skates, cars and brightly dyed hair. Jan loves Nina. Nina loves Jan, but...

Do Fish Do It? is a film about first love, the problems of growing up, the vital question if fish have sex, and the threat this love is exposed to.


Almut Getto was born in Kandel/Pfalz. After studies in Political Science, Communication Science and Sociology in Munich, she began working as a writer and journalist for various German public and private broadcasters. In 1995, she began studying Film & Television at the Academy of Media Arts KHM in Cologne, graduating with the film SPOTS & STRIPES (1998/1999), which won the Special Jury Prizes at St. Petersburg and Giffoni, the Audience Award Short Cuts at Cologne and the Best Family Prize at Seoul. Her other films include MARLIS GOES TO ROCK (short, 1996), I DON'T LIKE THE SUN ANYMORE (MIT DER SONNE HABE ICH ES EH NICHT, short, 1996), DO FISH DO IT? (FICKENDE FISCHE, 2001), and CLOSE TO YOU (GANZ NAH BEI DIR, 2008), as well numerous television essays and reports.
Genre Drama, Love Story, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Almut Getto
Screenplay Almut Getto
Cinematography Andreas Höfer
Ingo Ehrlich
Tom Deininger, Sten Servaes
Peter Menne
Cast Ellen ten Damme, Angelika Milster, Sophie Rogall, Timo Mewes, Hans-Martin Stier, Annette Uhlen, Ferdinand Dux, Jürgen Tonkel, Uwe Rohde
Producer Herbert Schwering
Production Company COIN FILM/Cologne, in co-production with WDR
Length 104 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Ophuels-Festival Saarbruecken 2002 (in competition), Berlin 2002 (Perspective German Cinema), Viareggio 2002, Warsaw 2002 (German Panorama), Havana 2002
Awards Film Award of the Minister President of the State of Saarland 2002, German Film Critics' Award 2003 for Best Screenplay, German Film Award 2003 for Best Screenplay
With backing from BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film