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Fabian: Going to the Dogs

Country: Germany, Language: German, 176 mins

Original Title

Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde
  • Director: Dominik Graf
  • Writer: Dominik Graf, Erich Kästner, Constantin Lieb
  • Producer: Wiebke Andresen, Christoph Daniel, Christoph Fisser, Gerda Leopold, Christine Rau, Marc Schmidheiny, Felix von Boehm

CGiii Comment

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". His love for Cornelia is the only thing that makes him question his ironic fatalism. She becomes a ray of hope in his crumbling existence.


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Cast & Characters

Tom Schilling (as Jakob Fabian)
Saskia Rosendahl (as Cornelia Battenberg)
Albrecht Schuch (as Stephan Labude)
Meret Becker (as Irene Moll)
Michael Wittenborn (as Judicial Council Labude)
Petra Kalkutschke (as Mrs. Fabian)
Elmar Gutmann (as Mr. Fabian)
Aljoscha Stadelmann (as Producer Makart)
Anne Bennent (as Baroness Ruth Reiter)
Eva Medusa Gühne (as Mrs. Hohfeld)
Luise Aschenbrenner (as Kulp)
Julia Blankenburg
Thomas Dehler (as Detective Inspector Donath)
Lisa Hoffmann (as Klein Elschen)
Kris Kwiat (as Reichswehrsoldat - Freund von Frau Moll (AR) [NR])
Damian Thüne (as Kriminalassistent)