A boy joins a boarding school for deaf children and struggles to enter their "tribe."
Winner of multiple 2014 Cannes Film Festival Awards (including the coveted Critics’ Week Grand Prix), Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s THE TRIBE is an undeniably original and intense feature debut set in the insular world of a Ukrainian high school for the deaf. THE TRIBE unfolds through the non-verbal acting and sign language from a cast of deaf, non-professional actors — with no need for subtitles or voiceover — resulting in a unique, never-before-experienced cinematic event that engages the audience on a new sensory level.
Teenaged Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko), a new student at the boarding school, realizes immediately that he must prove himself worthy to be brought under the protective wing of the school gang’s leader to survive unscathed. After an indoctrination of harmless initiation pranks and rites, Sergey’s new-found clique soon introduces him to their common activities of robbery, bribery, and prostitution. At first, assimilating seamlessly into his new role in the tribe, he finds himself compromised as he begins to fall in love with his female classmate — and one of the gang’s escorts — triggering a sequence of stunningly diabolical events.
“This is a challenging film that’s not for everyone. Yet there’s no denying its brilliant concept and its raw cinematic power.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“There is nothing else like THE TRIBE, at once a searing, singular vision of a particular time and place and a brutal metaphor for the wounded human condition.”
— Ft. Worth Star Telegram
_“An audacious feature debut masters visual storytelling without a single utterance.” _ — One Room With A View