Fabian: Going to the Dogs
Directed by Dominik Graf
Fabian: Going to the Dogs
Writers Dominik Graf and Constantin Lieb
Berlin, 1931. Jakob Fabian works in the advertising department of a cigarette factory by day and drifts through bars, brothels and artist studios with his wealthy and debauched friend Labude by night. When Fabian meets the beautiful and confident Cornelia, he manages to shed his pessimistic attitude for a brief moment and falls in love. Not long after, he falls victim to the great wave of layoffs sweeping the city, plunging him back into a depression, while Cornelia’s career as an actress is taking off thanks to her wealthy boss and admirer – an arrangement that Fabian finds difficult to accept. But it’s not just his world that is falling apart… Veteran German director Dominik Graf (Beloved Sisters) wowed audiences at the Berlin Film Festival with this dazzling adaptation of Erich Kästner’s classic of Weimar literature, set amid the twilight hedonism of pre-Nazi Germany.
“Exhilarating. An unpredictable visual experience... unfolds like avant-garde jazz.”
"If Kästner's book was a prescient foreshadowing of the moral collapse that led to the Second World War, Graf's adaptation puts a timeless spin on the material and makes it feel as urgently relevant as ever."
“An ambitious remounting of Kastner's text, it's an uneasy calm before a wrathful storm.”
Official Selection – Berlin Film Festival
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