Ahead of the US theatrical release in February, the official trailer is here for “Fabian – Going to the Dogs” (Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde), the German drama film starring Tom Schilling, Saskia Rosendahl, Albrecht Schuch, Meret Becker, Michael Wittenborn, Petra Kalkutschke, Elmar Gutmann, Aljoscha Stadelmann, Anne Bennent and Eva Medusa Gühne.
Set in Berlin, 1931. Fabian takes a sober look at life in the big city and at himself as one of its losers. Dominik Graf adapts Kästner’s brilliant novel (aka “Going to the Dogs”) as a grand disco ball refracting eroded dreams of happiness.
Directed by Dominik Graf, the film had its world premiere at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival, and opens in New York on February 11 at the Metrograph.
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.
Watch the official trailer for Fabian – Going to the Dogs