While their criminal activities are aided by petty officials and an unscrupulous teacher, there's no suggestion that these bolshie teens are working for anyone but themselves. However, the equilibrium of this delicate ecosystem is thrown when Anya falls pregnant and is forced to act, leading to one of the most confronting sections in the film. In a world full of clear-eyed brutality, Sergey's love for Anya crosses a line. It's not long before the pack is hunting for this wolf that has strayed too far.
Slaboshpytskiy and his cinematographer, newcomer Valentin Vasyanovych, have created a film of intense formal beauty. Where each movement literally means so much, they choreograph the action in stunning tableaux and fluid steady-cam sequences that mirror contemporary dance, ballet or physical theatre.
It’s difficult to view The Tribe in isolation of the current geopolitical state in Ukraine. Likewise it openly challenges conventional representations of disabilities on screen. These teens may be poor and seemingly powerless but this anarchic gang – who could be pulled straight from a Larry Clarke film – is hardly waiting to be saved by the 'hearing' community.
Stark and original, The Tribe is a film that truly writes in a new cinematic language.
“An audacious coup de cinema.” - Variety
The Tribe (Plemya)
Seasons & Screenings
14 Jul - 28 Jul
After premiering at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's multi-award-winning debut continues to astound audiences. It opens with a title card stating, "The film is in sign language. There is no translation, no subtitles, no voice-over, on purpose”.
We enter this startling, unfamiliar world with Sergey arriving at a Kiev boarding school for the deaf and being shown to his dorm by King, the school’s alpha male. From the outset it's obvious that The Tribe is not your standard teen high school drama. After a series of initiations, Sergey ascends the ranks of King's tribe, graduating from petty crimes to acting as pimp for his classmates Anya and Svetka.
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