Trailers: 13 (Tzameti)

Posted by Peter Hall - July 21st 2006 @ 1:57 pm

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.

Via Cinematical

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  1. Brian
    July 21st, 2006 | 7:40 pm | #1

    Looks great, but WTF is up with the voiceover at the end? Obviously a movie like this is meant for the “art house” crowd. The studio doesn’t think their audience can read? It just sounded terrible and didn’t come close to fitting with the rest of the trailer. Sloppy.

  2. July 24th, 2006 | 11:12 am | #2

    Yeah, that voice over at the end is a little unnecessary, but I think it’s a law these days that all trailers must end with the title actually being said out loud.

  3. August 4th, 2006 | 11:05 am | #3

    Excellent movie unfortunately to get people to go and see it the synopsis and trailers have had to give away far too much. I can see why though, if they didn’t very few people in the US would have wanted to go and see and film that is both Black and white and subtitled.

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