In Schwarze Sünde, Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub return to Friedrich Hölderlin's Empedocles and the Etna. It is a dark political text and the characters that have remained walk on black ashes like ghosts of another world. It is a text of farewell and remembrance.
Danièle Huillet (1936-2006) and Jean-Marie Straub (1933) were a French duo of filmmakers who made about twenty films together between 1963 and 2006. Their films are known for their rigourous style and communist politics. All films by Straub and Huillet are adaptations of literary texts or musical works. They only used the direct sound of the recordings and usually worked with non-professional actors. Early on, Straub and Huillet recognized their connection with Bertolt Brecht, whose works they adapted several times. Their best-known films include Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach (1968), Dalla nube alla resistenza (1979), Trop tot/trop tard (1982), Paul Cézanne im Gespräch mit Joachim Gasquet (1989) and Sicilia! (1999).