See the Trailer for Drafthouse's New Cannes Acquisition 'The Tribe'
by Alex Billington
July 2, 2014
Because for Love... And hatred... You don't need translation. Drafthouse Films has acquired a film that may be one of the other big breakouts of Cannes 2014. It's titled The Tribe and is a radically ambitious film set at a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf. The film's narrative unfolds entirely without subtitles or words, instead it's told entirely through sign language. As groundbreaking as that sounds, the film is challenging because it's about crime and prostitution within the school. Drafthouse CEO Tim League calls it "the most breathtaking film of Cannes", and has put his full support behind it by releasing this film in North America.
"As I was watching The Tribe, the goosebumps on my arms quickly signaled that I was seeing something truly special," said Drafthouse Films CEO Tim League. "Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy is a massive talent. I am confident that he will quickly become a world-renowned director, and I am excited and proud to be sharing his striking first feature with North America." The film, both written and directed by Ukranian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, went on to win nearly all categories of Critics Week at Cannes. This sounds (no pun intended) like a fantastic film, but I'm especially curious to see what it looks like. Thankfully there is a trailer available, even though it does contain nudity, this gives us a better idea of what The Tribe is all about.
Here's the full promo trailer for Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe, which is highly NSFW so watch out:
From the press release: The Tribe's astonishingly intimate and raw depiction of disenchanted youth features a cast comprised entirely of non-professional, deaf actors including leads Grigory Fesenko as Sergey and Yana Novikova as Anna. "I am very glad that my film will be released in the United States," added Myroslav. "I have always believed in the universality of film's language, and have always believed that dialogue and subtitles change the way different audiences perceive the film in different countries. I am pleased to have created a universal film that audiences around the world can perceive in the same way, regardless of race, language or country. People laugh at the same parts and are horrified by the same parts. I think The Tribe is a truly universal movie in terms of language, and this makes me supremely happy." I'm curious to see it.
Drafthouse Films will release Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe in select theaters across North America sometime in the near future. It will also be released on a variety of VOD platforms as well as DVD/Blu-ray.