Three PeaksThree Peaks

by Jan Zabeil

Three Peaks


Aaron invites his girlfriend Lea and her 8-year-old son Tristan on a trip to the mountains. What could be a starting point of a new life together, slowly turns into difficult territory, as the three fight for their positions within the new family. High up in the Three Peaks region in the Italian Dolomites, Aaron and Tristan are faced with their ambivalent love for and deepest fears of one another, while Lea stands in between the two, trying to navigate this triangle. In his attempt to win the boy's acceptance, Aaron takes him up the mountain and confronts Tristan with his continuous aggression towards him. When fog sets in and Aaron loses the boy, their power games reach a dangerous level...


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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