A deaf teenager enters a specialized boarding school where, to survive, he becomes part of a wild organization – the tribe. His love for one of the concubines will unwillingly lead him to break all the unwritten rules within the Tribe’s hierarchy.
The Tribe is an Ukrainian drama film directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Starring Hryhoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova and Roza Babiy. The film is set in a boarding school for deaf children, where a new arrival is drawn into an institutional system of organised crime, involving robbery and prostitution. He crosses a dangerous line when he falls for one of the girls to whom he’s assigned as pimp. The film is entirely in Ukrainian Sign Language with no subtitles. It won the Nespresso Grand Prize, as well as the France 4 Visionary Award and the Gan Foundation Support for Distribution Award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week section.
Garmata Film Production with the support of Hubert Bals Fund, Ukrainian State Film Agency, Rinat Akhmetov Foundation For Development of Ukraine co-financed the film. Slaboshpytskiy hired cinematographer and editor Valentyn Vasyanovych and shot the film on 35mm film as well as using 1:2.39 aspect ratio. Filming commenced in early 2013 in Kyiv.
The Tribe was widely admired and considered a contender for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. There was some controversy over the voting process after The Guide was nominated by Ukraine.
Directed by: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
Starring: Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich, Ivan Tishko, Yaroslav Biletskiy
Screenplay by: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
Production Design by: Vlad Odudenko
Cinematography by: Valentyn Vasyanovych
Film Editing by: Valentyn Vasyanovych
Sound Department: Sergey Stepanskiy
Studio: Drafthouse Films
Release Date: June 17, 2015