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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


    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.

    Actors (20)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films de la Strada

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    mk2 films

    Co-productions :

    Solimane Productions, Quasar Pictures, mk2 films

    French distribution :

    mk2 films

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    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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    Full credits (13)

    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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    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 33 min

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    Black & White

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Rating restrictions :

    Under 16

    Posters (1)


    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)

    Most Promising Actor : George Babluani

    Best first picture : Gela Babluani

    Tallinn - Black Nights Film Festival - 2006

    Tallinn - Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia, 2006)


    Section "Panorama"

    Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma - 2006

    Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (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 (IFFR) - 2006

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The Netherlands, 2006)


    Main Program Section Feature Films


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