13 (Tzameti) (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2006

13 (Tzameti) 2005

Directed by Gela Babluani

A Soviet roofer is drawn to play a deadly French game. “This diabolical thriller, filmed in inky black and white, is as cold and sharp as razor blades stored in a subzero freezer.” — NY Times

France / Georgia In French with English subtitles
86 minutes B&W / CinemaScope

Director, Screenplay

Photography

Tariel Meliava

Editor

Noémie Moreau

Art director

Bernard Péault

Music

East (Troublemakers)

With

George Babluani
,
Aurélien Recoing
,
Philippe Passon
,
Pascal Bongard
,
Vania Villers
,
Fred Ulysse
,
Augustin Legrand

Festivals

Venice 2005; Sundance, Rotterdam 2006

Elsewhere

“This diabolical thriller, filmed in inky black and white, is as cold and sharp as razor blades stored in a subzero freezer. The director and screenwriter’s brother stars as Sébastien, a lean and hungry roofer in his early 20s from Georgia, the former Soviet republic, living in France. After surreptitiously pocketing a mysterious letter to a drug addict who dies of an overdose, he follows its directions to a secluded manor... Here he finds himself compelled to participate in a sophisticated variation of Russian roulette... The movie offers the ultimate comment on the depraved male appetite for dangerous thrills. It’s extreme sports times ten, realized with the ruthless, smirking sang-froid of early Roman Polanski.” — Stephen Holden, NY Times

“The terrible game of life is boiled down to its essentials in this new film from 26-year-old Georgian director Gela Babluani, who makes a stunning début with what might yet become a classic... This compelling film could well be remade by Hollywood. Make sure you see the original right now.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian