Jan Zabeil: “True needs come to play in extreme situations.”

My interview with Jan Zabeil, director of Three Peaks, presented at last year’s Locarno Film Festival.

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Jan Zabeil premiered his latest film, Three Peaks, at the Locarno Film Festival last year. It was there I interviewed him, along with his actor, Jan Spechenbach.

The film could be described as a family melodrama where the tensions between the three characters, a couple and their child, become more and more tense. The importance of the extreme isolation in which they find themselves is something I discussed with the director in my interview with him. He said:

For me, in nature, in these surroundings, in the extremes of nature … at a very high altitude, something comes up – something I didn’t know about myself. some true needs come to play in extreme situations where two people depend on each other. Therefore, I wanted to show this conflict more in images and atmospheres and situations, rather than people arguing … The images somehow explain the difficulties and the drama they [experience].

The answer indirectly refers to two things that should be noted: firstly, Three Peaks does use dialogue sparingly, which makes the images themselves more important; secondly, Zabeil comes from a prominent background as a cinematographer, which would explain his interest in the power of the image itself in telling a story.

You can stream the full audio of my interview with Zabeil on FRED Film Radio here, http://www.fred.fm/uk/jan-zabeil-three-peaks-drei-zinnen-locarno70/.

You can also stream the audio of my interview with the lead actor of the film, Alexander Fehling, on FRED Film Radio here, http://www.fred.fm/uk/alexander-fehling-three-peaks-drei-zinnen-locarno70/.

 

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