Drafthouse Films has made another acquisition from the Cannes Film Festival. The 2014 Cannes’ International Critics’ Week award winner, The Tribe (aka, Plemya) is an example of the uniqueness that can spring up at film festivals. Ukrainian director, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s drama film focuses on deaf characters – not entirely unique – and the entirety of the dialogue is in sign language – more unique – with no subtitles or voice-over – that’s pretty unique.
From the distributor’s own site:
Set at a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, the film’s narrative unfolds purely through sign language without a need for employing subtitles or voiceover, resulting in a unique, never-before-seen cinematic experience that engages the audience on a new level. The film dominated the Cannes’ Independent Critics’ Week awards, winning the Nespresso Grand Prize, the France 4 Visionary Award and the Gan Foundation Support for Distribution grant.
“As I was watching The Tribe, the goosebumps on my arms quickly signaled that I was seeing something truly special,” said our CEO, Tim League. “Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy is a massive talent. I am confident that he will quickly become a world-renowned director, and I am excited and proud to be sharing his striking first feature with North America.”
The Tribe will come to US theaters at an (as of now) unspecified date in 2015, after it appears at some film festivals.