International Competition – Cutting Edge

Fabian oder der Gang vor die Hunde

Fabian: Going to the Dogs

Dominik Graf

Germany 2021. 176 Min.
Color. DCP. G/e

Fabian: Going to the Dogs is shown out of competition.


Dominik Graf will receive the Honorary Award for Visionary Filmmaking on 20 June.


The screening includes a lottery for the Festival bag

"My taste tends towards blondes, my experience speaks against them." That much we learn about Jakob Fabian, before he even manages to open his eyes properly. Shortly after, the young man is hopelessly in love and, you might have guessed it, already long lost. But even if things are fast-paced in Dominik Graf's adaptation about the moralist and big city idler, from whose perspective Erich Kästner described the moral and intellectual decline of modern society in 1931, Fabian also keeps slowing down and takes its time to linger and see things differently: multiple exposures, archive footage, silent film sequences, digital and Super 8 footage all unabashedly interlock, merge together and repel each other. Tom Schilling, who wanders through the shady nocturnal Berlin of the Weimar years, looks like a person who lives between yesterday, today and tomorrow.


And Dominik Graf, the great stylist and nonconformist of German cinema, who is to receive Bildrausch's Honoray Award for Visionary Cinema 2021 (p. 105), not only lets his characters speak with Kästner, but also lets them live life to the brim in a film that is as stormy, passionate and unpredictable as the time in which it is set. (pj)


DirectorDominik Graf
ScreenplayConstantin Lieb, Dominik Graf
CinematographyHanno Lentz
EditingClaudia Wolscht
MusicSven Rossenbach, Florian van Volxem
WithTom Schilling, Saskia Rosendhal, Albrecht Schuch, Meret Becker
ProducerFelix von Boehm
DistributionDCM Film Distribution, Zürich,

Dominik Graf