Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Tribe

Year: 2014
Country: UKRAINE
Run Time: 132 minutes

The Tribe
The Tribe

At an isolated Ukrainian boarding school, students cannot speak or hear. Their communication is visual, using rapid-fire Ukrainian Sign Language and heated exchanges of forceful body language. As the film disclaims, there is no voice-over and there are no subtitles or translations. Instead the film coaxes us to comprehend the institution’s language. We learn from the characters’ actions and counteractions – as does the film’s malleable protagonist, Sergey. Upon arriving at the institution, Sergey is immediately vacuumed into its seedy universe: a hurricane of drugs, dangerously volatile sex, and rapidly escalating violence. As he transitions from the role of outsider to inner-circle ringleader, we witness a tale of moral and ethical corruption in him, his classmates, and the school’s complicit administration. Through a masterful construction of long takes told by an unsympathetic camera, THE TRIBE is a portrait of lust and betrayal told through a fresh visual vocabulary. Impossible to forget, its effects will leave you… speechless. (In Ukrainian Sign Language without subtitles) – C.P.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 11:30 AM -
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 1:40 PM

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 9:00 PM -
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:10 PM

After Hours
Focus on Disabilities

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy was born in 1974 to a family of writers and critics. He graduated from The National University of Theatre, Film and TV in Kiev, holding a degree in Film and Television Production. He's worked as a reporter as well as for the now legendary Dovzhenko Film Studios.

THE TRIBE (2014)

Valentyn Vasyanovych, Iya Myslytska

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

Valentyn Vasyanovych

Valentyn Vasyanovych

Principal Cast
Yana Novikova, Grigoriy Fesenko, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich, Yaroslav Biletskiy

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