13 (tzameti)

Mon 20 February 2006 // 19:00

(Babluani / 2005 / France/Georgia (subtitles)/ 96mins / 35mm / cert 15) (Mon 20th-Tues 21st + Thurs 23rd / 7pm / £4/3/2ttt)

Sebastian is a fresh faced 20 year old who lives an impoverished life with his immigrant family, working as a roofer. The client dies before the boy can be paid, but not before he overhears a conversation that seems to promise easy money. Throwing caution to the wind, Sebastian follows some cryptic instructions and soon finds himself embroiled in a seedy underworld of drug addled
desperation and brutality.

First time Georgian director Gela Babluani creates a captivating atmosphere of threatening mystery and powerful pyschological violence. Black and white cinematography and a sparse contempory score help to enhance the building tension throughout the film. With echos of spanish thriller INTACTO this moody tale of luck and fate provides a satisfying yet dark cinematic experience.