The Tribe

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    The Tribe

    Plemya

    Directed by

    Ukraine

    2014

    130 min

    • No dialogue

    Drama

    Deaf mute Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for deaf-and-dumb. In this new place, he needs to find his way through the hierarchy of the school’s network dealing with crimes and prostitution, the Tribe. By taking part of several robberies, he gets propelled higher into the organization. Then he meets one of the Chief’s concubines Anna, and unwillingly breaks all the unwritten rules of the tribe.

    Awards

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    • Nespresso Grand Prize, France 4 Visionary Award, Gan Foundation Support - La Semaine de la Critique
    • Grand Prix - Andrey Tarkovsky IFF
    • Golden Apricot, FIPRESCI Award - Yerevan IFF
    • The City of Trenčín Mayor's Award - Art Film Fest
    • Parallels and Encounters Programme Best Film - Palic European FF
    • Best Feature Film - Milano FF
    • Experimenta Award, Carnet Jove - Sitges FF
    • The Sutherland Award - BFI London FF
    • The Golden Angel - IFF Tofifest
    • Best Director Award - Thessaloniki IFF
    • Opera Prima ExAequo - REC Tarragona IFF
    • FIPRESCI Award (European Discovery) - European Film Awards
    • European Film Award - Mons International Love FF
    • Best Director - Vilnius IFF

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    Credits

    Cast
    Grigoriy Fesenko
    Yana Novikova
    Rosa Babiy
    Alexander Dsiadevich
    Yaroslav Biletskiy
    Ivan Tishko
    Alexander Osadchiy
    Alexander Sidelnikov
    Alexander Panivan
    Screenplay
    Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
    Cinematography
    Valentyn Vasyanovych
    Editing
    Valentyn Vasyanovych

    Director's Statement

    It’s been my old dream to do homage to the silent movie. To make a film that can be understood without a single voiced word. It’s not that I was thinking about some kind of a European “existential” movie in which the heroes would keep silence throughout half the film. And besides, actors were not silent in the silent movie. They communicated very actively through a wealth of byplay and body language. They could communicate emotions and feelings without a line to say. And it is not by incident that most of silent movie stars had come from the pantomime. This is exactly why I’ve always wanted to shoot a film about the life of deaf-and-dumb people. With no speech and with no subtitles. And with the participation of real deaf-and-dumb people.
    While I was working on the short DEAFNESS, which I considered to be a kind of a pilot for a future full feature, I made many contacts with the Ukrainian deaf-and-dumb community and the heads of the Ukrainian Societies of deaf-and-dumb people. I also came to know the leaders of the informal “shadow” community, who revealed to me their isolated world from inside, the ways and the rituals of this community, one of the most closed ones.
    This film is completely based on my school memories and on what’s been told me by my consultants from the world of deaf-and-dumb people. With all its seeming simplicity and seeming violence, this is a film about very young people. And very young people are capable of strong pure feelings: love, hatred, fury, anger, despair. One does not need words to express these emotions.
    I see this film as a humanistic story of love and initiation – a story of entering the adult life in the cruel world.

    Production
    LLC GARMATA FILM PRODUCTION
    Sales
    ALPHA VIOLET

    Press

    THE TRIBE has more in common with silent cinema, but its specific rhythms are unprecedented.

    Eric Kohn, Indiewire

    ...rich, strange and very original.

    Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

    Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's prize-winning debut feature is an audacious coup de cinema.

    Justin Chang, Variety

    Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

    Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

    Ukraine

    When I want to make a film I try to find a story I would be interested in as an audience member, then work out the most appropriate cinematographic style to shoot it with, so that the final result feels organic and seamless.

    Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy graduated from the Kiev State Institute of Theatre and Arts, majoring in feature film directing.
    His debut short THE INCIDENT has competed in some 25 festivals in 17 countries. His short films DIAGNOSIS and DEAFNESS have both been nominated for a Golden Bear (2009 & 2010). In 2012, his short NUCLEAR WASTE won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival and was nominated for an EFA Award. His first full feature film, THE TRIBE (supported by HBF) premiered at the 2014 Semaine de la Critique in Cannes and won three prizes: The Nespresso Grand Prize, the France 4 Visionary Award and the Gan Foundation for Cinema Award. Since Cannes, THE TRIBE has won over thirty awards, including Best First Feature at BFI London and the Special Jury Prize at AFI Fest in LA. THE TRIBE was awarded European Discovery 2014 by the European Film Academy.

    Selected Filmography