Three Peaks

by Jan Zabeil

Three Peaks


A captivating family drama about diverging ideas of fatherhood, as an unforeseen event turns a mountainside vacation into a survival trip. Although Aaron (Alexander Fehling) has been dating Lea (Bérénice Bejo) for some time, his relationship with Tristan, her eight-year-old son, remains cautious. Their holiday in the Italian Dolomites was planned as the starting point of a new life together, but a hiking trip that Aaron plans in order to win the boy's respect turns into something potentially more tragic when fog sets in and he loses the boy. Jan Zabeil carefully observes small moments that are so heartbreakingly familiar to anyone who has experienced the precarious territory of contemporary family life. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Italian mountain range, this visually striking and emotionally complex film is an intimate drama and a probing exploration of both an existential and a very real crisis.


Born in Berlin in 1981, Jan Zabeil studied at the University of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. In 2007-2008 his short films L.H.O. and Was Weiss Der Tropfen Davon screened at over hundred international film festivals and were awarded with several prizes. His debut feature The River Used To Be A Man premiered in Toronto in 2011. The film won Best New Director at San Sebastian IFF and Best Cinematography at the German Critics Association, among other awards. The film was screened at art institutions as MoMA - NYC, Mexican National Cinemateque, Deutsche Kinemathek. Jan attended the Binger writer's & director's lab in Amsterdam to develop his second feature Three Peaks.

2017 Three Peaks (Drei Zinnen)
2011 The River Used To Be A Man (Der Fluss War Einst Ein Mensch)


Aaron - Alexander Fehling
Lea - Bérénice Bejo
Tristan - Arian Montgomery


director & scriptwriter Jan Zabeil
cinematographer Axel Schneppat
montage Florian Miosge
comissioning editor Stefanie Groß (SWR)
original sound Magnus Pflüger
sounddesign Uwe Bossenz, Moritz Hoffmeister
mixing Adrian Baumeister
production design Michael Randel
make-up Dorothea Wiedermann
costume Cinzia Cioffi
casting Tanja Schuh
producers Benny Drechsel, Andreas Pichler, Philipp Moravetz

Technical Data

format DCP / color / 5.1
length 93 min.
languages German, English, French

original title Drei Zinnen

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