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Watch: Myroslav Slaboshpytsky Juxtaposes Sentiment With Violence in Moving Trailer for Cannes Entry ‘The Tribe’

Watch: Myroslav Slaboshpytsky Juxtaposes Sentiment With Violence in Moving Trailer for Cannes Entry 'The Tribe'

Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytsky’s feature debut, “The Tribe,” will screen at Cannes next week. The film is an extraordinary piece of cinematic storytelling — told entirely through sign language, devoid of subtitles.

“The Tribe” takes place at a boarding school for the deaf and centers on a young man struggling to find his place among the social hierarchy.

For the film’s first trailer, which you can check out below, Slaboshpytsky provides a dramatic introduction to the narrative and characters — rhythmically punctuated by title cards that explain the reasoning behind his decision to abstain from including dialogue and subtitles: “because for Love and Hatred, You Don’t Need Translation.”

Despite the absence of dialogue, Slaboshpytsky’s use of diegetic sound is chilling — particularly towards the end of the trailer where title cards with single words appear in succession to form the phrase: “You Don’t Need Translation,” perfectly choreographed to a violent banging that we assume to be a head against a hard surface.

Watch the full trailer below:


Editor’s note: This trailer has been updated with a newer version.

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