The hero of this story, reminiscent of the early works of Bresson and Wenders, is young Sebastien (played by Georges Babluani). Prompted by the vision that he will make lots of money, he enters a strange world behind closed doors which has something of a nightmarish quality about it, where he is required to play a bizarre game of survival. “Memories of my childhood keep coming back to me,” says the director. “The fixed images I have are like rays of light cutting through the darkness. They are always vaguely present, but when I try to re-discover their virginal quality, I no longer sense that childhood innocence.” This original black-and-white film in the style of film noir is a remarkable testimony of people, their arrogance, malice and fear. –Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Géla Babluani (Georgian: გელა ბაბლუანი) (born 1979) is a Georgian-French film director. Babluani was born in Tbilisi, son of prominent director Temur Babluani. At 17 years of age, he and his three siblings were sent to study in France. His first short film, A Fleur de Peau (2002), received critical appraise. His first feature length film is 13 Tzameti, won the World Cinema Jury Prize for a Dramatic motion picture at the Sundance Film Festival. He recently completed an American version of 13 Tzameti titled 13. —Wikipedia
Spietato. Forse con una parte iniziale e finale troppo lunghe, d'altronde il film è concentratissimo nella parte centrale, quella della gara, che può ricordare un po' La lunga Marcia di King per il senso di straniamento dalla realtà. La critica al potere del denaro è perfetta, così come la forza nei momenti di tensione davvero crudi. Un grande film.
Please don't watch the trailer for 'Tzameti'. Weirdly, the trailer manages to reveal much of the surprise plot of an otherwise excellent dark thriller, best watched without too much pre-knowledge. www.brnrd.net/blog/archive/2006/10/19/tzameti
If you desire to see an edge of your seat thriller, definitely take the opportunity to go downtown to the Market Arcade Theatre and check out the enthralling, French-language 13 Tzameti, while you… read review