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France, 2005 (MIFF 2006, International Panorama)

Director: Gela Babluani

Winner of the Venice Film Festival Gold Lion award.

“Shot like the grunge version of a ‘50s noir thriller from France (or Soviet Georgia), the black-and-white 13 (Tzameti) turns into a shocker of Tarantino proportions in protracted sequences of explosive violence that leaves viewers quaking.” - Variety

Marking the feature debut of its young filmmaker, Géla Babluani (son of well-known Georgian director Temur Babluani), 13 (Tzameti) is the morality tale of a man, Sébastien, embroiled in a grim quest after following instructions intended for someone else. What begins as a lark soon sees Sébastien teetering on the very brink of human decency. There is no turning back, however, and he finds himself having to rely on his only tools for survival: His luck and his wits.

“May instantly rise to the rank of cult classic… a satisfying adventure, building slowly, drawing us in, and ending with a white-knuckle ride into the surreal.” - Sundance Film Festival

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Géla Babluani was born in Tblisi, Georgia, in 1979. His films include à Fleur de Peau (2002, short).

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