One might think the Italian Dolomites are a perfect vacation local, but that notion gets flipped on its head in this taut family drama turned survival thriller, co-starring Oscar®-nominated actress Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), that challenges the presumptive innocence of a precocious child.
Chances are the Italian Dolomites would make for a wonderful family vacation. Roaring mountain tops, crisp air, flowing water; what's not to love amid all the natural serenity? At least that's what Aaron was thinking, taking his girlfriend Lea (Oscar® nominee Berenice Bejo, The Artist) and her precocious son Tristan to a mountainside cabin for the weekend. It was supposed to be the perfect bonding opportunity; after two years in the relationship, Aaron desperately seeks validation as a father figure in Tristan's life. Played with a modern-day Viking tenacity by Alexander Fehling (Inglorious Bastards), he's brawny with a mountaineer's vitality, teaching Tristan how to saw branches and cut wood. Yet he's equally sensitive, reading stories and teaching piano duets on top of all that labor. After a string of minor incidents suggest Tristan is less than willing to accept a second father, the myth of a child's ultimate innocence comes into question. Suddenly, father-son distrust comes to a painful head when disaster strikes the pair as they're off on an early morning rocky hike. This tightly wound family drama turned survival thriller from acclaimed cinematographer and director Jan Zabiel refuses traditional genre trappings while packing an emotional punch.
Jan Zabeil, a student of the Film University Konrad Wolf in Babelberg, claims his films leave a great deal of room for interpretation for the viewer. His interest lies in realistic imagery and setting and the contrast between reality and what is perceived by those watching from different cultures and backgrounds.
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- Original Language Title: Drei Zinnen
- Director: Jan Zabeil
- Principal Cast: Alexander Fehling, Berenice Bejo, Arian Montgomery
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: Germany, Italy
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 94 minutes
- Producer: Benny Drechsel, Andreas Pichler, Philipp Moravetz
- Screenplay: Jan Zabeil
- Cinematographers: Axel Schneppat
- Editors: Florian Miosge
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: Locarno International Film Festival 2017 (Variety Piazza Grande Award)
- Filmography: Der Fluss war einst ein Mensch (2011)
- Language: German, French, English
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Greenwich Entertainment
- International Sales: The Match Factory