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Fabian or Going to the Dogs

Dominik Graf has filmed Erich Kästner‘s saddest novel. A future Berlin classic.


Berlin, 1931. A milieu between sublets and the underworld, where brothels are artists’ studios, Nazis are yelling abuse in the streets and Babelsberg is dreaming of producing “psychological cinema”. Life is surging, society is fermenting and corroding. As long as he still has a job, Jakob Fabian, who has a doctorate in German studies, writes advertising copy during the day and frequents the city’s more outlandish establishments with Stephan Labude at night. While his friend – who later confesses to having failed “in the subjects of life and profession” – is a go-getter when it comes to communism and sex, Fabian remains sober and distant. Without really believing in it, he is waiting for the “victory of decency”.
(Berlin Film Festival)

Tom Dorow


Original title: Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde
Deutschland 2021, 176 min
Language: German
Genre: Drama, Tragicomedy, Literary Film Adaptations
Director: Dominik Graf
Author: Constantin Lieb, Dominik Graf
DOP: Hanno Lentz
Montage: Claudia Wolscht
Music: Florian van Volxem, Sven Rossenbach
Distributor: DCM Film Distribution
Cast: Tom Schilling, Albrecht Schuch, Saskia Rosendahl, Anne Bennent, Michael Wittenborn
FSK: 12
Release: 05.08.2021




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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