Three Peaks

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As a man courts the acceptance of his girlfriend’s son, the unstable triangle heads for a harrowing fight for survival.
Fatherhood, suspicion and resentment are a combustible formula in Jan Zabeil’s elegant, unnerving domestic thriller. German Aaron (Alexander Fehling, Homeland) has found the woman of his life in his French girlfriend Lea (Bérénice Bejo, The Artist) but her young son Tristan still imagines his mother reconciling with his American father. On what should be an idyllic vacation in the soaring Italian Dolomites, Aaron fights to win over Tristan and cement his place in this family, while Lea wrestles with conflicting loyalties to her son and her lover. Yet when Tristan disappears into the mountains, it’s unclear who is in the most danger. Complex, deceptive and gripping to the last second, Three Peaks chips away at our darkest nightmares to reveal the everyday anxieties on which they feed.


“A tense, gripping, expertly made three-hander that tests
conflicting ideas of fatherhood in the crucible of a mountainside vacation.”

Jessica Kiang, Variety

“Like the picturesque allure of towering mountains from a distance, domestic bliss is a treacherous idyll in Three Peaks, the psychologically complex, emotionally compelling second feature from German filmmaker Jan Zabeil.”

Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

“A wild feature. One thing is for sure: you won’t look at your innocent family vacation the same way after watching this film.”

Kate Erbland, IndieWire

awards & festivals

Variety Piazza Grande Award — Locarno International Film Festival 2017

Official Selection — Toronto International Film Festival 2017


theater name city/state opening date
IFC Center New York, NY 06/28/2019
Landmark Nuart Theatre Los Angeles, CA 07/12/2019
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema Atlanta, GA 07/19/2019
Landmark Chez Artiste Theatre Denver, CO 07/19/2019
Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas New Haven New Haven, CT 07/19/2019
Landmark Lagoon Cinema Minneapolis, MN 07/19/2019
Bow Tie Clairidge Cinemas Montclair, NJ 07/19/2019
Landmark Ritz at the Bourse Philadelphia, PA 07/19/2019
Landmark Kendall Square Cinema Boston, MA 07/26/2019
Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema Berkeley, CA 07/26/2019
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas San Francisco, CA 07/26/2019
Landmark E Street Cinema Washington, DC 07/26/2019
Varsity Theatre Seattle, WA 07/26/2019
SBIFF’s Riviera Theatre Santa Barbara, CA 07/26/2019
Camelot Theatres Palm Springs, CA 08/02/2019
Landmark Ken Cinema San Diego, CA 08/02/2019
Bow Tie Movieland at Boulevard Square Richmond, VA 08/02/2019
The Grand Auditorium Ellsworth, ME 08/06/2019