The movie

Fabian Oder der Gang vor die Hunde

1930s Berlin. Dr. Jakob Fabian, who works by day in advertising for a cigarette company and by night wanders the streets of the city, falls in love with an actress. As her career begins to blossom, prospects for his future begin to wane.

Length: 176 min
Country: Duitsland
Language spoken: Duits
Language subtitles: Nederlands
Cast: Saskia Rosendahl, Tom Schilling, Albrecht Schuch
Director: Dominik Graf
Release date: 2021


From the present-day metro, the camera takes us up to the surface, where we recognise a feverishly throbbing Berlin, 1931. This is the modern Grossstadt par excellence, captured at a highly complex moment leading up to a tragic future − we can see the Nazis already shouting in the streets. Our protagonist is the young Dr. Fabian, who works at an advertising agency during the day. In the evenings he explores the city’s extravagant nightlife together with his wealthy left-radical friend Labude, and he falls in love with the beautiful Cornelia. Political uncertainty and dismissal from his job don’t matter so much, but how can he reconcile his ironic detachment with the pain of love?