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The film "The Tribe" received the Grand Prix at the Festival "The Mirror"

After a triumphant start at the Cannes Film Festival this May, a film by a young Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy received another award - the Grand Prix at the VIII Andrey Tarkovsky International Film Festival "The Mirror".

 

The 67th Cannes Film Festival witnessed the world premiere of the Ukrainian film "The Tribe". At the festival, the film took part in one of the parallel competitive sections -  The Critics' Week. "The Tribe" was awarded three prizes in this program all at once, thus breaking the record. The film won the Grand Prix of The Critics' Week, the Discovery Prize and the prize money for distributing the film in France.

And on June 15 the winner of the VIII Andrey Tarkovsky International Film Festival "The Mirror" was announced and again it was the Ukrainian picture. Ten films participated in the main competition of the “Mirror” conducted for the eighth time in the Russian city Ivanovo,  including Ukrainian "Tribe". The award was a cash prize of 1.5 million Russian rubles (about 500 thousand UAH). The results of the competition were announced on June 15 in Ivanovo musical theater, which hosted the film festival. The award was received by the actors who played in the film, because the director was unable to attend the festival due to the pressure of work.

"I am happy that our film took the Grand Prix of Andrey Tarkovsky Festival. I'm lost for words," the leading lady Yana Novikova said in sign language.

But this success did not end, the film by the Ukrainian director also received a special award of the magazine "Séance" dedicated to the memory of Sergey Dobrotvorskiy. During the festival it  became known that the film will be released in the Netherlands, Denmark, France and Japan. In Ukraine it should be released on September 11 this year.

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy is the winner of many awards for his short films. His film "Deafness" and "Diagnosis" took part in the Berlin Film Festival in 2009 and 2010. "The Tribe" is a full-length debut of Slaboshpytskiy and it is an experiment in the field of cinema: the film was shot entirely in sign language, there is no subtitles and voiceover. The plot takes place in a Kyiv boarding school for deaf people, that is why all the characters speak entirely in sign language. In the story, a young boy comes to study to the boarding school for children with poor hearing, enters a group called "The Tribe" and falls in love with a girl.

The first official show of the film in Cannes gathered a huge queue. About 200 people failed  to get into the cinema hall. The show was attended by representatives of the community of the deaf in France. Especially for them, the film was presented in Ukrainian, French and English sign languages.