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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 05.07.14] Ukraine drama



It's rather appropriate that Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytsky's feature film debut The Tribe is completely dialogue free. In a previous career, the director worked in the sound department of various films and that previous experience will likely help punctuate the silences of The Tribe.

The story unfolds at a boarding school and while we've previously seen the violence and joy that such places can bring for kids, never have we seen the story told quite like this: at a school for deaf children. Slaboshpytsky has chosen not to use voiceover or subtitling so unless you're familiar with sign language, you'll be taking in the story solely on visuals.


It's a fascinating concept and while it remains to be seen whether it's successful or not, we don't have long to wait. The Tribe will make its debut at Cannes later this month.