Three Peaks

Director Jan Zabeil/Germany

Aaron (Alexander Fehling) invites his girlfriend Lea (Bérénice Bejo) 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 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 respect, 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…

The German-Italian co-production Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks), directed by Jan Zabeil was premiered in August 2017 in Locarno, where it was awarded with the Variety Piazza Grande Award, selected by the film magazine’s attending critics for the film that best combines artistic achievements with commercial potential. Following its German Premiere, the film received the German Cinema New Talent Award at Hof International Film Festival 2017.

Variety writes on the cinematography of this „tense, gripping, expertly made three-hander that tests conflicting ideas of fatherhood in the crucible of a mountainside vacation“: „Axel Schneppat’s stunning cinematography equally serves the forbiddingly fanglike mountains and the micro-expressions that flit across the actors’ face.“

a powerful and beautifully shot film of love and survival“ (

  • World Premiere Locarno Filmfestival 2017, Variety Piazza Grande Award
  • Palm Spring International Film Festival 2018
  • German Premiere: Hof International Film Festival 2017 (Opening Film) Hof, Film Award for Director Jan Zabeil
  • North American Premiere: Toronto International Film Festival 2017
  • Theatrical Release Germany: February 1, 2018