FABIAN ODER DER GANG VOR DIE HUNDE
(Fabian / Fabian – Going to the Dogs)
Germania / Germany
2021, HD, col., 176’
v.o. tedesca / German o.v.
Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Constantin Lieb, Dominik Graf, liberamente tratta dal romanzo omonimo di / freely based on novel of the same title by Erich Kästner. Fotografia / Photography: Hanno Lentz. Montaggio / Editing: Claudia Wolscht. Musica / Music: Sven Rossenbach, Florian Van Volxem. Suono / Sound: Martin Witte. Scenografia / Art Director: Claus-Jürgen Pfeiffer. Costumi / Costume Designer: Barbara Grupp. Interpreti / Cast: Tom Schilling, Albrecht Schuch, Saskia Rosendahl, Michael Wittenborn, Petra Kalkutschke, Elmar Gutmann, Aljoscha Stadelmann, Anne Bennent, Meret Becker. Produzione / Produced by: Lupa Film. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: ZDF, ARTE, DCM Pictures. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Les Films du Losange.
Berlin, 1931. Jakob Fabian works in the advertising department of a cigarette factory during the day and drifts through bars, brothels and artist studios with his wealthy friend Labude at night. When Fabian gets to know the self-confident Cornelia, he manages to shed his pessimistic attitude for a brief moment. He falls in love. Just as he is ready to take a more positive outlook on life, Fabian too falls victim to the great wave of layoffs, while Cornelia makes a career as an actress thanks to her boss and admirer. An arrangement that Fabian finds difficult to come to terms with. But it’s not just his world that is falling apart…
The film premiered at the latest Berlinale.
“Erich Kästner paints a portrait of his Berlin in the ‘everyday’ late twenties, 1929 or 1930: no picturesque urban grime; political tumult still halfway under control; no Fritz Lang-style underworld; definitely no expressionist artistic biographies; and no razzle-dazzle anywhere. Instead, the dreams, and maybe artistic ambitions, of the lower classes; and the existential despair of the wealthy bourgeois. Young people sit in groups or alone in apartments or cafés, drinking a lot, talking about their lovelives, or reflecting on their feelings in general … Fabian is at odds with himself. He wants to be a writer, but is a copywriter. Even in love, which crashes over him like a wave … he has to battle with himself, with the times he lives in. He is skeptical, smart, a bit of a grouch but an all-round sweetie. I was convinced that Tom Schilling could best embody Fabian. Without him, I don’t think I’d have made the movie.” (D. Graf)
Director for TV and cinema, screenwriter, Dominik Graf was born in 1952 in Munich. He graduated from Munich Film and TV Academy in 1980. In addition to his films, he is well known in his homeland for directing successful crime series, including several episodes of Tatort and Polizeiruf 110. After its premiere at the Berlinale, Fabian – Going to the Dogs was selected in many international film festivals, including Haifa and Busan.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
1982 Das zweite Gesicht 1984-1993 Der Fahnder serie TV / TV series 1988 Die Katze (The Cat); Premi / Awards: German Film Awards – Miglior regista / Best Direction 1994 Die Sieger (The Invincibles) 2003 Hotte im Paradies 2010 Im Angesicht des Verbrechens (In the Face of Crime) serie TV / TV series 2011 Dreileben serie TV / TV series 2014 Die geliebten Schwestern (The Beloved Sisters); Premi / Awards: Premio della critica tedesca per il Miglior montaggio e la Migliore colonna sonora / German Film Critics Association Award for Best Editing and Best Film Score 2021 Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde (Fabian – Going to the Dogs)