Watch The Trailer For Cannes Selection THE TRIBE

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
If the above publicity still for Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's Critic's Week selection The Tribe doesn't catch your attention, how about this: The film plays out entirely in sign language and, if the trailer is to be believed, it does so without subtitles relying instead on the physical performances of its cast to carry the meaning.

The story follows a deaf-mute teen sent to a special boarding school where he must navigate his way through the difficult - and potentially criminal - hierarchy within the school.

The first trailer has just arrived and - as you may surmise from the image - it's not particularly work safe, though it's also not really as sexualized as you may expect, either. Check it out below.

THE TRIBE TRAILER 2014 from Oleksiy Yevtukh on Vimeo.

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  • NateP

    The trailer makes it seem like the director is not treating sign language as a real language. No subtitles? Fuck you. The same thing could be done with any language. A Street Car Named Desire dubbed in Polish "because for love and hated you don't need translation". Deaf people are not mimes.

  • Kurt

    Show don't tell?

  • Gordon

    You mean the titles in the trailer? Yeah, I don't think they were necessary, either.

  • Aleks

    Show, can't tell.

    One of the most impressive teasers I've seen since the one for Notre Jour Viendra.

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