The Legacy - profile of Géla Babluani

The Legacy - profile of Géla Babluani

Name Géla Babluani

Born Tblisi, Georgia, 1979

Who is he? Babluani comes from a filmmaking family; his father, Temur, started making films back in 1980. With the violent uprisings taking place in Georgia, Temur sent his kids to study abroad. Gela arrived in Paris at the age of 17, and within ten years had made his directorial debut, 13 (Tzemati). Shot in black and white Babluani found a chilling metaphor for the horrors of violence through utilising a Russian Roulette game his central characters get caught up in.

What’s he up to now? Babluani’s new film, co-directed by his dad, sees three young French friends arrive in Tblisi looking to take possession of a castle one of them inherits. On the long bus journey to the mountainous region where the castle is situated, they come across a young man, his grandfather, and an empty coffin . . . soon to be filled.

What he says about The Legacy ‘After making my debut feature in black and white I found myself obsessing over working in colour and so I made sure that in The Legacy the colours the characters wore were vibrant and varied.’

Interesting fact His favourite filmmakers are Mathieu La Haine Kassovitz and Arnaud Kings and Queen Desplechin (Tony Mckibbin)

The Legacy, GFT, Glasgow from Fri 14 Sep.

The Legacy (L'Héritage)

  • 4 stars
  • 2006
  • France/Georgia
  • 1h 17min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Géla Babluani/Témur Babluani
  • Cast: Sylvie Testud, Stanislas Merhar, Olga Legrand

Georgian filmmaker Babluani's fine follow up to his vicious debut '13 (Tzamati)'. This pseudo rural horror details what happens when some cool French travellers come face to face with ancient Georgian ritual and poverty.

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