Films

Three Peaks

Three Peaks, "Drei Zinnen"

Synopsis

Director

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.

Zabeil explores with few words and great nuance, Alexander Fehling’s face being the preferred canvas of his psychological cinema. Having trained as director of photography at first, Zabeil’s cinema is one of most resonant and pure imagery.

Christoph Gröner

Jan Zabeil

(b. Berlin) studied cinematography at the University of Film and Television in Potsdam. He has directed the short films „L.H.O“ (2007), „Was Weiss Dertropfen Davon“ (2007), and „We Will Stay in Touch About It“ (2015), and the feature „The River Used to be a Man“ (2011). „Three Peaks“ is his second full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Der Fluss war einst ein Mensch (2011)
  • Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks, 2017)

Schedule

25.11.2017
17:00 - 18:34
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 091303
Sold out
27.11.2017
19:30 - 21:04
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 111902
Sold out
03.12.2017
21:30 - 23:04
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 170504
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Goethe-Institut presents: New German Film
Panorama

Film info

Countries: Germany, Italy
Year: 2017
Duration: 94 minutes
Languages: German, English, French
Director: Jan Zabeil
Producers: Benny Drechsel, Andreas Pichler, Philipp Moravetz
Writer: Jan Zabeil
DOP: Axel Schneppat
Montage: Florian Miosge
Cast: Alexander Fehling, Bérénice Bejo, Arian Montgomery
Productions: Echo Film, Rohfilm
Festivals: Locarno, Toronto, Haifa, London

Synopsis

Director

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.

Zabeil explores with few words and great nuance, Alexander Fehling’s face being the preferred canvas of his psychological cinema. Having trained as director of photography at first, Zabeil’s cinema is one of most resonant and pure imagery.

Christoph Gröner

Jan Zabeil

(b. Berlin) studied cinematography at the University of Film and Television in Potsdam. He has directed the short films „L.H.O“ (2007), „Was Weiss Dertropfen Davon“ (2007), and „We Will Stay in Touch About It“ (2015), and the feature „The River Used to be a Man“ (2011). „Three Peaks“ is his second full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Der Fluss war einst ein Mensch (2011)
  • Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks, 2017)