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Drafthouse Films Picks Up Near-Silent Cannes Critics’ Week Winner ‘The Tribe’

Drafthouse Films Picks Up Near-Silent Cannes Critics' Week Winner 'The Tribe'

Intrepid distribution arm Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to director Miroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s “The Tribe,” winner of the Nespresso Grand Prize, the France 4 Visionary Award and a Gan Foundation grant at the 2014 Cannes International Critics’ Week.

This is Slaboshpytskiy’s first feature, and sweeping up three prizes from multiple juries at Critics’ Week is a significant feat. Set in a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, the film unfolds through sign language, with no subtitles or voiceover, and with a cast of nonprofessional deaf actors. In his rave review, Indiewire’s Eric Kohn calls the film “an unprecedented cinematic accomplishment.”

Release date from Drafthouse forthcoming. The film will screen in select theaters and on VOD. Watch the sales trailer below. THE TRIBE TRAILER 2014 from Oleksiy Yevtukh on Vimeo.

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Veronica Dreyer

It's dark, but brilliant. Beautifully shot and art directed. The actors are so expressive with their bodies and hands that it's no trouble at all to follow the story. A must-see for anyone interested in expanding the boundaries of cinema.

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