Must End Thursday, July 9
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY MYROSLAV SLABOSHPYTSKIY
Set in a Ukrainian school for the deaf, THE TRIBE is a bold and formally daring feature debut. A teenage gang initiates a new recruit, Sergey, into their schemes of robbery, bribery, and prostitution. As Sergey proves his mettle in this harsh environment, he breaks their code by falling for a prostitute – leading to a fierce, riveting chain of events. The film is in sign language only, with no need for subtitles or voice over, as the action unfolds visually and is comprehensible without words. “The language of gestures, facial expressions and even body posture becomes almost completely readable. The effect is akin to watching ballet…but with a lot more sex and violence.” (Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter) Shocking without being exploitative, THE TRIBE has also been called “unprecedented” and “mesmerizing” (Eric Kohn, Indiewire) and “strange and oddly immersive” (Mark Adams, Screen Daily).
UKRAINE • 2014 • 132 MINS. • DRAFTHOUSE FILMS
“This tough, visually audacious first feature sent critics into raptures at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival…”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“An immersive, bleak and bracingly singular experience. Harrowingly traces the fine line between a community and a prison”
– Time Out NY