Director, cinematographer and video artist.
Jan Zabeil was born 1981 in Berlin, Germany. He studied cinematography at the University of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg (HFF/B) from 2003 to 2009 and meanwhile started to direct. In 2007/08 his short films "L.H.O." and "Was weiss der Tropfen davon" screened at over 100 international film festivals and were awarded several prizes. His debut feature „The river used to be a man“ premiered in Toronto in 2011. The film won several awards at international film festivals (among them: „Best new director – San Sebastian IFF 2011“, „Best cinematography, German critics association 2013“, "Audience Award" in Jeonju, Korea and "Best Sound" in Moscow). It screened at art institutions ( MoMA – NYC, National cinemateque, Mexico, Deutsche Kinemathek) – and was distributed in cinemas in Germany, Spain and Mexico.
In 2016 he wrote and directed "Three Peaks"/ "Drei Zinnen", starring Alexander Fehling and Bérénice Bejo. The film will be distributed by NFP, world sales: The Match Factory. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Bolzano, Italy.
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