Official Selection


Dominik Graf | Germany | 2021 | 178 min.
O.V. in German subtitled in Spanish and English
Fabian. Going to the dogs

An absolute hit at the last Berlinale, Dominik Graf adapts Erich Kästner's autobiographical novel with autobiographical overtones about Jakob Fabian, a young writer in love with an aspiring actress who, in the turbulent Berlin of 1931, tries to keep his idealism afloat while the world crumbles around him. Vividly edited and full of ideas, the German director portrays as never before the bubbling atmosphere of the German capital, with its queer milieus, its uninhibited cabarets and its artistic edge. An atmosphere of modernity overshadowed by a socio-economic crisis in which the snake of Nazism hatches its eggs.

Direction: Dominik Graf
Cinematography: Hanno Lentz
Editing: Claudia Wolscht
Music: Sven Rossenbach, Florian van Volxem
Sound: Martin Witte
Production Design: Claus Jürgen Pfeiffer
Cast: Tom Schilling, Saskia Rosendahl, Albrecht Schuch,Meret Becker, Michael Wittenborn, Petra Kalkutschke
Production: Felix von Boehm
Production Company: Lupa Film

Dominik Graf

Born in Munich, Germany in 1952, he studied at the city’s University of Film and Television from 1974 to 1980. In the course of his career as a director and writer he has won many prizes including the German Film Award, the Bavarian Film and Television award, the German Television Award and numerous Grimme Awards. His best-known works include the films The Cat, The Invincibles, Hotte im Paradies and Beloved Sisters; the series Der Fahnder and Im Angesicht des Verbrechens, and several episodes of Polizeiruf 110 and Tatort. In 2010, he published a book of essays on film. Fabian - Going to the Dogs, was part of the Official Section of the Berlinale.