13 / Tzameti
France, Georgia ,
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Directed by: Géla Babluani
Script: Géla Babluani
Producer: Géla Babluani, Jean-Baptiste Legrand, Fanny Saadi
Cinematography: Tariel Meliava
Editing: Noemie Moreau
Cast: George Babluani, Pascal Bongard, Aurélien Recoing, Fred Ulysse, Nicolas Pignon, Vania Vilers, Olga Legrand, Christophe Van de Velde, Augustin Legrand, Jo Prestia
Format: 35mm, CB
Running time: 86'
Young, twenty year old Sebastien and his immigrant family live in poverty and constant struggle for their next meal. When repairing the roof for Gordon, a morphine addict, he thinks of an easy and quick solution for his money problems. Even after Gordon overdoses and dies, Sebastien decides to continue the plan intended for the dead addict, in order to support himself and his family. Continuation also means taking over the morphine identity the realization of which leads him step by step to the inevitable destiny whose true nature will be discovered in the heart of France when he realizes that he is in a circle of cold gamblers with a special fetish – human lives.
Due to its brutality, this debut feature film, a neo-noir film directly from the heart of Georgia, is compared in the West with young Tarantino and sometimes with early films of David Fincher. The fertile family of director and script writer Babluani is introducing to the public their youngest member – in the main role, Sebastien, is his brother George Babluani.
Sundance Film Festival, 2005
Grand Jury Prize
Venice Film Festival, 2005,
Luigi De Laurentiis Prize, Netpac Prize
Transsilvania International Film Festival 2006
Best Camera, FIPRESCI Award
Gela Babluani was born in Tblissi in Georgia in 1979. Young Gela is a son of the better know father, director Temur Babluani, and according to his own admission, his father has been the key figure in his understanding of the film language. He studied in France where his father sent him to be away from the unstable political situation in Georgia. His first short, 'À fleur de peau', was made in 2002, and his first feature 'Tzameti' from 2005 also portrayed violence and power and destiny play. A year after his debut feature he made with his father 'L' Héritage' (2006), another feature film.
Location and screening schedule:
matinee: Kino SC, Thursday, October 19th at 9.00
premiere: Kino SC, Thursday, October 19th at 20.00
reprisal: Kino Europa, Friday, October 20th at 13.00