(Plemya, Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, Ukraine/Netherlands 2014, 132 min., DCP)
Rochester Premiere. Winner of multiple 2014 Cannes Film Festival Awards (including the coveted Critics’ Week Grand Prix), The Tribe is an undeniably original and intense feature debut set in the insular world of a Ukrainian high school for the deaf. The Tribe unfolds through the non-verbal acting and sign language from a cast of deaf, non-professional actors—with no need for subtitles or voice-over––resulting in a unique, never-before-experienced cinematic event that engages hearing audiences on a new sensory level. Teenage Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko), a new student at the boarding school, realizes immediately that he must prove himself worthy to be brought under the protective wing of the school gang’s leader to survive unscathed. After an indoctrination of harmless initiation pranks and rites, Sergey’s newfound clique soon introduces him to their common activities of robbery, bribery, and prostitution.