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13 TZAMETI [Opens in New York on July 28, 2006]

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Release Date: July 28, 2006 in New York
Genre: Thriller
Official site: http://www.13-tzameti.com
Directed and Written by: Gela Babluani
Cast: Georges Babluani, Aurélien Recoing, Pascal Bongard, Fred Ulysse, Nicolas Pignon, Vania Vilers, Christophe Vandevelde, Olga Legrand, Augustin Legrand, Joé Prestia, Philippe Passon


Twenty-two-year-old Sebastien (Georges Babluani) leads an impoverished life with his immigrant family constantly struggling to support them. While repairing the roof of a neighbor’s house, he overhears a conversation about an expected package which promises to make the household rich. Sensing the opportunity of a lifetime, Sebastien intercepts the package which contains a series of specific instructions. Following the clues, he assumes a false identity and manages to slip through the grasp of the enclosing police as he ventures deeper and deeper into the countryside. The closer he gets to his destination and the more people he meets along the way, the less he understands about what he is looking for. Ultimately, he comes face to face with a ring of clandestine gamblers placing bets on the outcome of a multi-player, high stakes tournament of Russian roulette. Directed by newcomer Gela Babluani, 13 TZAMETI (pronounced: ‘zah-meti’) is a winner-take-all thriller, where an unfortunate young man is transformed into Contestant #13 with no way out save his luck.





The same childhood memories often come back to me, fixed images, like rays of light which cut through the darkness. These images are always vaguely present. But when I try to rediscover their virgin quality, I lack what made the accompanying feeling of innocence slip into the past.

I aimed to grasp this slipping phenomenon through a journey of discovery inside a closed world, at the heart of the intersection of different trajectories and interests, the only way out of which is a cold survival instinct. -Gela Babluani




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