The Tribe (2014) Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi
The Tribe (2014) Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi
The Tribe (2014) Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi

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The Tribe

Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi | Ukraine | 2014 | R18+

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Wed 27 Jul 2022

Writer-director Slaboshpytskyi’s astonishing, Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prix-winning debut feature stands as one of the most remarkable films of the 21st century. Depicting a new student’s rapid immersion into organised criminal activity at a decrepit boarding school for the deaf, its dialogue is presented entirely in Ukrainian Sign Language, delivered by deaf non-professional actors and accompanied by neither subtitles nor voiceover; nonetheless, it achieves an intensity of affect seldom approached in the cinema. The editing and cinematography, mixing long static shots with anxious roving camerawork, is by Atlantis director Valentyn Vasyanovych.

Format: DCP, Colour
Language: Ukrainian Sign Language
Source: Bonsai Films
Courtesy: Bonsai Films
Runtime: 126 mins

Event duration

126 mins



High impact scenes of sex, abortion and sexual violence


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Masterpieces of Ukrainian Cinema

2022 marks the centenary of Ukrainian feature filmmaking. This season assembles six masterworks of Ukrainian cinema, all canonised by the Dovzhenko Centre (the Ukrainian national film archive in Kyiv) and includes three landmark titles from the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic era (1922–1991) – all of which were at ideological odds with the official doctrines of their times – and three from the 21st century...

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