Written and directed by Michael Fetter Nathansky
Tragicomedy | 30 min. | 2017 | Germany


Gabi is a floor tiler, Marco her trainee. Lately, Marco has begun rehearsing with Gabi how to break up with his girlfriend. Adapting his game to her own everyday life, Gabi tries to find a way to fight against her inner emptiness.

A production of Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in co-production with Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) in collaboration with Contando Films


With Gisa Flake, Florian Kroop, Britta Steffenhagen, Martin Neuhaus, Dela Dabulamanzi, Anja Karnstedt


  • Written and directed by Michael Fetter Nathansky
  • Produced by Virginia Martin, Anna-Sophie Philippi
  • Director of Photography Clara Rosenthal
  • Editor Kai Eiermann
  • Sound Robert Niemeyer
  • Production Design Vera Thöndel
  • Costume Design Maike Krych
  • Make Up Christina Birnbaum
  • Commissioning Editor Martina Nix (rbb)

Festivals and awards

  • 2017 Berlinale – International Film Festival Berlin, Germany (World premiere)
  • 2017 German Short Film Award (Best Feature Film 10 – 30min)
    2017 Filmfest Dresden – International Short Film Festival, Dresden, Germany (Audience Award)
    2017 International Short Film Week Regensburg, Germany (Audience Award)
    2017 Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, Israel (Special Jury Mention)
  • 2017 Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis (Nomination Best Short Film)
  • 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest, USA
  • 2017 Filmz – Festival des deutschen Kinos, Mainz, Germany
  • 2017 Kinofest Lünen, Germany
  • 2017 Etiuda&Anima International Film Festival, Kraków, Poland
  • 2017 interfilm Berlin, Germany
  • 2017 exground filmfest, Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 2017 International Film Festival Braunschweig, Germany
  • 2017 Provinziale – Filmfest Eberswalde, Germany
  • 2017 Open-Air Film Festival Weiterstadt, Germany
  • 2017 Cinema Jove – Valencia International Film Festival, Spain
  • 2017 Wendland Shorts, Lüchow, Germany
  • 2017 Kraków Film Festival, Poland
  • 2017 Sehsüchte – Internationales Studierendenfilmfestival, Potsdam, Germany
  • 2017 Poitiers Film Festival, France
  • 2017 Heimspiel Filmfest, Regensburg, Germany
  • 2017 Bimovie, München, Germany
  • 2017 Feedback – Junges Medienfestival im Dortmunder U, Germany


Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

This narrative depth combined with fluent timing, atmospheric cinematography and a fantastic ensemble around lead actress Gisa Flake make GABI an outstanding example of contemporary German storytelling.

German Short Film Award 2017, Jury statement on winner film ‘GABI’