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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Germany

Dominik Graf almost ready with his next feature, Fabian

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- The German filmmaker is preparing an adaptation of Erich Kästner’s novel of the same name

Dominik Graf almost ready with his next feature, Fabian
Tom Schilling, Saskia Rosendahl, Dominik Graf, Meret Becker, Eva Medusa Gühne and Albrecht Schuch on set (© Lupa Film)

Highly popular among German audiences, primarily for having directed detective and police procedural television films and series, Dominik Graf is readying his next feature for the cinemas, Fabian. Five years after his big-screen effort Beloved Sisters [+see also:
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competed for the Golden Bear at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, with Fabian, the filmmaker is preparing an adaptation (co-penned by Constantin Lieb) of Erich Kästner’s satirical novel of the same name from 1931.

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Set in the late 1920s, the film will centre on 32-year-old Dr Jakob Fabian, who spends his days working as an advertising copywriter for a cigarette factory, and his nights wandering through artists' studios and Berlin’s pubs and brothels. Against the backdrop of the economic and political crisis, he falls madly in love with an actress. Yet while her career starts to bloom, Fabian, like many others, loses his job.

Tom Schilling, the lead in Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s award-festooned Never Look Away [+see also:
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, will star in the title role, alongside Saskia Rosendahl. Albrecht Schuch, Eva Medusa Gühne and Meret Becker are also amongst the cast of the upcoming feature.

Filming took place from July to mid-September in Görlitz, Berlin and Brandenburg. Fabian is being produced by Lupa Film (Felix von Boehm) together with ZDF (Daniel Blum). The German theatrical release is being overseen by DCM and is slated for 2020. The world sales will be handled by Beta Cinema.

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