Powerful Ukrainian Film Shot Entirely In Sign Language, Without Subtitles or Voice-Over

June 10, 2014 | Marina Galperina

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s first film The Tribe is set in a Ukrainian boarding school for deaf-mute students. It’s narrative deals with drug trafficking, sex and violence, which builds as the soundscape intensifies. The film’s characters communicate only in sound language and there are no subtitles and no voice-over provided, “Because for love and hate you don’t need translation.” Watch the trailer above.

The film is the winner of this year’s Cannes Critics’ Week and screens at the Zerkalo International Andrei Tarkovsky Film Festival in Ivanovo, Russia opening today.

UPDATEAcquired by Drafthouse!