If the poster alone isn’t enough to make you want to see 13 (Tzameti), a hard boiled thriller about Russian roulette insanity, I dare you to watch this trailer and not move closer to the screen when instructed to stare at that judicious light bulb.
This is the kind of story I crave these days:
20-year-old Sebastien (Georges Babluani) leads an impoverished life with his immigrant family, constantly struggling to find the money for their next meal. While hired to repair the roof of a neighbor’s house, Sebastien fortuitously overhears a conversation about an impending letter the neighbor expects which appears to offer a quick and easy solution to his money troubles. When the neighbor unexpectedly dies, Sebastien intercepts the letter. Following the instructions inside, he becomes embroiled in a wild goose chase, taking on a false identity and following a series of clues which lead him ever closer to his impending fate. Soon Sebastien finds himself in the heart of the French countryside and face to face with a ring of clandestine gamblers. He has become an unwilling participant in a sophisticated high-stakes underground tournament of Russian roulette. Directed by newcomer Gela Babluani, 13 Tzameti (pronounced: ‘zah-meddy’) is a nerve-racking thriller, where white-collar barbarism rules and an unfortunate young man is transformed into Contestant #13 and left with nothing, save his luck. Winner of the Prize for Best First Feature at the Venice International Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
If you live in New York, you can catch 13 (Tzameti) starting on July 28th. For those of us who don’t, who the hell knows when.