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13 - Tzameti

13 - Tzameti

A Feature film by Gela Babluani

Produced by Les Films de la Strada

Release in France : 08/02/2006

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Les Films de la Strada

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MK2 Films (ex MK2)

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Somewhere, in a remote place by the sea, 22-year-old Sébastien repairs the roof of a house. The house’s owner dies of an overdose after receiving a strange invitation indicating that he’d get a lot of money if he follows instructions. Sébastien decides to take his place. Thus begins a treasure hunt that will lead Sébastien to an underground place shut off from the rest of the world, a nightmarish place where men bet on the lives of other men.


An extraordinarily assured debut feature, 13 Tzameti won the top prize at Sundance. Owed money, and lacking any direction in life, Sébastien decides to take the place of a dead man on a mysterious mission. Sébastien doesn’t know what the man did, but he does know that it was awfully lucrative. Thus begins his journey toward a contemporary vision of hell, a world in which anything, even one’s life, is a commodity to be bought, sold, or wagered on. With several extraordinary scenes, not for the faint-hearted, 13 Tzameti is less shocking for what it shows than for its portrait of the amoral world it so convincingly captures. Son of a major Georgian director, Gela Babluani is a talent to watch. In French with English subtitles. Description adapted from the Film Society at Lincoln Center.

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Executive Producers :

Gela Babluani, Jean-Baptiste Legrand

Screenwriter :

Gela Babluani

Director of Photography :

Tariel Meliava

Assistant Operator :

Marie-Sophie Daniel

Press Attaché (film) :

Monica Donati

Sound Editor :

Didier Lozahic

Sound Mixer :

Didier Lozahic

Assistant directors :

Julien Darras, Marc Brunet

Co-producers :

Jean-Marie Delbary, Olivier Oursel, Bruno Daniault, Morteza Mohammadi

Sound Recordist :

Ludovic Elias

Production managers :

Fanny Saadi, Jean-Baptiste Legrand

Editor :

Noémie Moreau

Continuity supervisors :

Sabine Bauchart, Benoît Salvi

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 33 min

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Black & White

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Dolby SRD

Rating restrictions :

Under 16

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News (14)

Festival Selections (22)

Stockholm French Film Festival - 2007

Stockholm French Film Festival (Sweden, 2007)


Feature Films

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2007

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2007)

Selection (2)

Best first picture : Gela Babluani

Most Promising Actor : George Babluani

Tallinn - Black Nights Film Festival - 2006

Tallinn - Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia, 2006)


Section "Panorama"

Montreal Festival of New Cinema - 2006

Montreal Festival of New Cinema (Canada, 2006)


International Competition

Lisbon - French Film Festival - 2006

Lisbon - French Film Festival (Portugal, 2006)


Week of French Cinema - films selected

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2006

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2006)


Panorama of World Cinema

Melbourne International Film Festival - 2006

Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2006)


French films selected

Istanbul Film Festival - 2006

Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2006)


Young Stars of World Cinema

Mar Del Plata International Film Festival - 2006

Mar Del Plata International Film Festival (Argentina, 2006)


Official Selection - Out of Competition

Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2006

Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2006)


Main Program Section Feature Films


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