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In Germany, they call the period just before the rise of Adolf Hitler “the dance on the volcano” — the late 1920s and early 1930s when German society, at least in the big cities like Berlin, seemed open, free, and exciting. When no one seemed to notice they were on the edge of catastrophe.
It’s at exactly this moment in time — Berlin, 1931 — when Dominik Graf sets his new film, Fabian – Going to the Dogs. Based on the 1931 novel by Erich Kästner, it stars Tom Schilling (Never Look Away) as Jakob Fabian, an ironic idealist working as an ad man who, like the rest of the country, has no idea what’s coming.
In the exclusive first-look trailer for the film, we see Fabian indulging in the hedonistic nightlife of 1930s Berlin, together with his best friend, rich boy, and devoted communist Labude (Albrecht Schuch of System Crasher and Berlin Alexanderplatz). But he soon only has eyes for Cornelia (Never Look Away‘s Saskia Rosendahl). As their love grows, Germany steams ahead towards disaster.
“We’re all on the same train, traveling through time,” Fabian writes in his diaries. “We look outside and saw enough. We’re all on the same train and no one knows how far we’ll go.”
Fabian shares its time and location with popular German TV series Babylon Berlin but Graf’s style — honed through countless TV movies and features including A Map of the Heart (2002) and Beloved Sisters (2014), is looser, and more akin to a Sundance indie than a period epic.
Produced by Lupa Film in co-production with DCM Pictures and ZDF, Fabian will premiere in competition at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival next month. DCM will release the movie in Germany later this year. Les Films du Losange is handling world sales.
Check out the trailer to Fabian — Going to the Dogs below.
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