In gela babluanis film tzameti, a young man lands in the weirdest game of russian roulette ever held babluani remade the french film for us audiences as, but rather than hitting. Gela babluanis superb, disconcerting, seismic tzameti is one for the latter camp so, if you hadnt read about it during its brief release last year, dont ruin it now. The long way home directed by mark jonathan harris. Announcement of new rob schneider movie strategically buried on day after election. At 17 years of age, he and his three siblings were sent to study in france. Discussion of proposed idea and script for shooting shot film as final project. Vincent vince ferro overhears people talking about a dead man who was going. His first feature length film is tzameti, won the world cinema jury prize for a dramatic motion. The side story line of a police investigation into the clandestine gatherings went nowhere and didnt contribute anything. That experience, as he indicates, definitely played a part in his vision for tzameti. Emmanuelle chriqui entourage, alexander skarsgard true blood, david zayas dexter and ben gazzararoadhouse costar in writerdirector gela babluanis whiteknuckle american remake of his tzameti, the film that swept europe, shocked sundance and now translates as one of the most extreme edgeofyourseat thrillers of the year. Babluani remade the french film for us audiences as, but rather than hitting theaters. In tzameti, the sadistic blood lust of an attempt to. In tzameti, its simply the urge for a quick buck that drives the main protagonist and so i hardly cared whatever happened to him.
Sebastien has come into possession of a train ticket and a mysterious set of. Thirteen men identified by number must undergo a series of russian roulette games. Gela babluanis debut feature, a concise monochrome thriller with existentialist leanings, reimagines the mexican standoff as a brutal spectator sport. In gela babluanis film tzameti, a young man lands in the weirdest game of russian roulette ever held. The struggles of european jews during wwii have been well documented, but this film produced with the cooperation of the simon weisenthal center makes it clear that the ordeal of those who suffered during the holocaust did not end with the liberation of europe. Heaven help us if anything resembling tzameti the t is silent and the e is soft, so it sounds like an italian dish takes place in real life. When hired to repair the roof of the morphineaddicted godon philippe passon, sebastien eavesdrops in. Even more insight into the film is provided by director gela babluani as he discusses the kind of oppressive life his family left in soviet georgia in order to enjoy the unknown freedoms offered by france. The less you know, the better, although saying that frames up its own kind of hypeexhaustion, and babluanis movie is. French art thriller tzameti has a literal hairtrigger premise, yet its so lacking in human dimensions that it creates virtually no suspense. With george babluani, aurelien recoing, pascal bongard, fred ulysse. Night shyamalan, gela babluani delivers gimmicky thrills posing as hardnosed neonoir with tzameti.
Ensemble thriller lacks consistency cairo 360 guide. Fred ulysse plays alain in gela babluanis tzameti, a thriller about a. Jul 28, 2006 tzameti flaunts a grim sense of the absurd that suggests a french new wave film infected with a virulent strain of eastern european nihilism. Emmanuelle chriqui entourage, alexander skarsgard true blood, david zayas dexter and ben gazzara road house costar in writerdirector gila babluanis whiteknuckle american remake of his tzameti, the film that swept europe, shocked sundance and now translates as one of the most extreme edgeofyourseat thrillers of the year. A naive young man assumes a dead mans identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.
The very first movie i ever wrote about for this feature was gela babluanis tzameti, and at that point an american remake was already on the way. Birgit was previously head of marketing and festivals at the mk2 group and has worked on international releases of over 50 films directed by filmmakers such as gus van sant elephant, last days, paranoid park, olivier assayas summer hours and gela babluani tzameti lion of the future at venice, jury prize at sundance and european. In his feature film debut, writerdirector gela babluani draws from his experiences living in the republic of georgia, in the former soviet union, where he evidently formed a fascination with the practice of russian roulette. All it seems to do away with is the blackandwhite cinematography and pesky subtitles of the french original, and the result is boring, which. This is the kind of russian roulette they play in gela babluanis tzameti. But this isnt the kind of russian roulette that has you chamber the round, spin the cylinder, aim it at you head then pull the trigger. Although tzameti garnered a lot of buzz on the festival circuit, and the american version seemed poised to break babluani into the mainstream, ended up sitting on the shelf for more than a year before limping into a tiny theatrical release. Taking on the identity of godon, sebastien follows a series of clues which. Nov 05, 2008 mickey rourke, ray winstone, jason statham, sam riley, 50 cent and ray liotta have boarded , gela babluani s englishlanguage remake of his 2005 french film tzameti according to variety.
Low budget is a misnomer that should be reserved only for films that fail to persuade for lack of design, or talent. Announcement of new rob schneider movie strategically. Posing as the client he stole it from, vince quickly finds himself participating in a. The less you know, the better, although saying that frames up its own kind of hypeexhaustion, and babluanis movie is a nightmare in a minor key, a small. Driving on the motorways of the uk is nothing short of playing a twisted game of russian roulette. Writerdirector gela babluanis americanized remake of his 2005 french thriller tzameti follows the suspenseful journey of a young electrician who thinks hes found the answer to his financial troubles while working inside a clients home.
Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Chilling and suspenseful, tzameti is a thriller that challenges your psyche to the very limit. In tzameti, the sadistic blood lust of an attempt to get. Handyman vince ferro is in a serious financial bind, and he decides to steal a mysterious envelope containing a lucrative job offer. Emmanuelle chriqui entourage, alexander skarsgard true blood, david zayas dexter and ben gazzararoadhouse costar in writerdirector gela babluani s whiteknuckle american remake of his tzameti, the film that swept europe, shocked sundance and now translates as one of the most extreme edgeofyourseat thrillers of the year. Assignments discussion of the oneline order and writing it into a screenplay.
Watch movie trailers, exclusive videos, interviews from the cast, movie clips and more at. Aug 02, 2006 french art thriller tzameti has a literal hairtrigger premise, yet its so lacking in human dimensions that it creates virtually no suspense. People viewing tzameti also like hardhitting french thriller. Sebastien georges babluani, a georgian immigrant in france, leads an impoverished life with his family. T he terrible game of life is boiled down to its essentials in this new film from 26yearold georgian director gela babluani, who makes a stunning. Working as a roofer, financially strapped 22yearold sebastien george babluani, the filmmakers reallife brother. His first featurelength film is tzameti, won the world. Working as a roofer, financially strapped 22yearold sebastien george babluani, the filmmakers reallife brother is screwed out of his paycheck when his employer. Philippe passon, djalalli amouche, gela babluani, alexandre meliava, bruno. The long way home uses interviews with holocaust survivors, newsreel footage, and. Announcement of new rob schneider movie strategically buried. Gela babluanis first feature, one of the twelve movies selected for the. Vishal chaturvedis blog on cinema, music, books and more.
A man takes over a dead mans task but doesnt realize the. The same director, hans petter moland, first did the story in norway in 2014 with stellan skarsgard deep blue sea as nels dickman, the stoic small town snow plow driver who up and dedicates his life to violent. Ensemble thriller lacks consistency cairo 360 guide to. In this case the remake is the liam neeson movie cold pursuit. In order of disappearance kraftidioten is another great movie i was pushed into watching by an impending remake. Handyman vince ferro sam riley is in a serious financial bind, and he decides to steal a mysterious envelope containing a lucrative job offer.
Indeed, the return of georgian cinema to an international level had been signalled earlier this year when levon zakareishvilis tbilisitbilisi 2005 received a lot of critical attention at a market screening in cannes. The film isnt playing here at toronto, but it will be one of a. Screening gela babluanis film tzameti and brief discussion on the characterization. Sebastien george babluani leads an impoverished life with his immigrant family, constantly struggling to find the money for their next meal. I liked the unique style and the lighting but the acting was just pathetic. This moody 2005 blackandwhite thriller follows sebastien, a desperate georgian immigrant in france. Gela babluanis debut tzameti caused a stir at the venice international film festival 2005, where it was awarded the lion of the future. A spiring to the heights of a jeanpierre melville or fritz lang but proving to be more along the mediocre lines of an m. Mickey rourke, ray winstone, jason statham, sam riley, 50 cent and ray liotta have boarded, gela babluanis englishlanguage remake of his. A winner at the sundance film festival, tzameti 2005 is a suspense thriller that holds your interest. With sam riley, alice barrett, gaby hoffmann, jason statham. Screenwriters, producers, filmmakers get sma stage 32. He will soon make his acting debut, in tzameti director gela babluanis new film. Its actually a remake of the 2005 frenchlanguage film tzameti, about a young criminal who gets tangled up in a sick and twisted gambling ring hence the russian roulette.699 261 17 1367 1390 1119 1385 324 1161 1584 32 718 962 40 1365 896 929 233 1530 154 1021 972 1407 1242 1173 1153 144 1348 1257 1049 271 1028 1315 421 629 388 1566 98 1491 210 978 672 578 1279 546 371