Apart from ambient sound, the world of The Tribe is silent: the film is set at an institute for the deaf in Kiev - director Miroslav Slaboshpytskiy doesn't even subtitle the sign language used by his actors. Viewers must figure out the plot on the basis of the actors' body language - and this works remarkably well. The director himself compares The Tribe to abstract dance and Japanese Kabuki theatre.
Slaboshpytskiy follows Sergei, a new pupil at the deaf institute. He undergoes cruel rites of initiation and becomes part of 'the Tribe', a gang of youths who pick pockets and prostitute other pupils. Sergei climbs up the hierarchy to pimp, but then falls in love with one of the girls - the beginning of a whole load of trouble.
Slaboshpytskiy's ode to silent film is shot in long takes, at times from a fixed camera position, but also with Steadicam shots that follow the deaf amateur actors fluidly. Not exactly delicate, but highly fascinating. With Big Talk on Sat 24-1 in the theatre of Oude Luxor.

Original title
Plemya
Filmmaker
Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
Country
Ukraine
Year
2014
Medium
DCP
Length
130’
Language
no dialogue
Producer
Valentyn Vasyanovych, Iya Myslytska
Production Company
Garmata Film Production
Sales
Alpha Violet
Writer
Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
Cinematography
Valentyn Vasyanovych
Editor
Valentyn Vasyanovych
Production Design
Vlad Odudenko
Sound Design
Sergiy Stepanskiy
Cast
Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova
Website
http://amstelfilm.nl/the-tribe