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CineMart, Berlinale Co-Production Market , Venice Gap-Financing Market
The Tribe

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The Tribe (Plemya)

Directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

  • Ukraine 2014; 130 min
  • Original version: No dialogue
  • Genre: Drama
    • 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
    • Parallels and Encounters Programme Best Film - Palic European FF
    • The Sutherland Award - BFI London FF
    • The Golden Angel - IFF Tofifest
    • Best Director Award - Thessaloniki IFF
    • FIPRESCI Award (European Discovery) - European Film Awards
    • European Film Award - Mons International Love FF
    • Best Director - Vilnius IFF

  • From the director of LUXEMBOURG presented at CineMart
    From the director of LUXEMBOURG presented at Berlinale Co-Production Market
    From the director of LUXEMBOURG presented at Venice Gap-Financing Market


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.

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.




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