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Exclusive ‘The Tribe’ Poster Foreshadows Unforgettable Sign Language Drama

Exclusive 'The Tribe' Poster Foreshadows Unforgettable Sign Language Drama

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Drafthouse Films has quite the challenge ahead of them in distributing "The Tribe," Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s Ukrainian drama about a new student at a boarding school for the deaf. Not only is the coming-of-age story a foreign film, but it is also told entirely in sign language without any subtitles. It’s a challenge for even the most ardent cinephile, but it’s one that yields a truly unforgettable movie experience. 

With the film’s theatrical release date just a little over a month away, Indiewire is excited to premiere the haunting new poster for the drama. Featuring fading images of the central characters against a foggy, grayish hue, the artwork hauntingly foreshadows the turbulent drama to come.

"’The Tribe’ is very direct in its story telling, and its composition of scenes," poster artist Michael Boland told Indiewire. "It left me with feelings of empathy for Sergey’s isolation and alienation, but it’s also a film of great complexity and shades of grey. Wanting to convey that visually was my first jumping off point for inspiration, layering in various photographic elements over one another to create a cohesive imagery that I also wanted to be very beautiful and arresting.

Drafthouse Pictures will release "The Tribe" in select theaters on June 17. Check out the poster below and come back tomorrow for the release of the film’s new trailer.

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Peter Serjent

Having seen it at the London Film Festival I would urge people to see it. I think it would lose quite a lot of its visceral, emotional power if there were subtitles. It brings the focus onto how we communicate through our body language and the expressive power of sign language. You have to pay attention for sure, but it’s no more difficult than watching a silent film.


I find it to be rather odd they wouldn’t include subtitles. Who is going to want to sit through a couple hours of a film where they have no idea what’s really being said? The sign language component intrigues me but the lack of subtitles makes it not appealing.

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