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Directed by Miroslav Slaboshpitsky

Ukraine 2014 132 mins. In Sign Language, Ukrainian

Winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the astonishing The Tribe uses only sign language and the actors’ body language to propel the tense drama. Somewhere in Ukraine, Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for the deaf. He quickly encounters the Tribe, a student gang dealing in crime and prostitution. After passing their hazing rituals and being inducted into the group, he takes part in several robberies, works his way up, and becomes pimp/protector for two girls who turn tricks at the local truck stop. Finding himself in love with one of them, Sergey ultimately breaks other unwritten rules, with tragic consequences. “An unforgettable cinematic experience, from its epic, wordless opening shot to the brutal finale.”—AFI. First feature. Adult.



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