Kino Lorber on April 12 will release the 2021 German indie film Fabian: Going to the Dogs on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
Directed by Dominik Graf, the film comes in German with English subtitles and was shot in both color and black-and-white. It is set in 1931 Berlin, where Jakob Fabian (Tom Schilling) works in the advertising department of a cigarette factory by day and drifts through bars, brothels and artist studios with his wealthy and debauched friend Labude (Albrecht Schuch) by night.
When Fabian meets the beautiful Cornelia (Saskia Rosendahl), he manages to shed his pessimistic attitude for a brief moment and falls in love. Not long after, he falls victim to the great wave of layoffs sweeping the city, plunging him back into a depression, while Cornelia’s career as an actress is taking off thanks to her wealthy boss and admirer — an arrangement that Fabian finds difficult to accept.
The film was hailed at the Berlin Film Festival as a dazzling adaptation of Erich Kästner’s classic of Weimar literature, set at a unique moment in pre-Nazi German history when the country was still reeling from the devastating defeat of World War I. Citizens were becoming increasingly disenchanted with the weak Weimar Republic government, particularly as the country was hit hard by the worldwide economic depression.
The DVD and Blu-ray Disc include audio commentary by film critic Olaf Moller.