The Tribe

by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy


A deaf mute teenager enters a specialized boarding school where, to survive, he becomes part of a wild organization – the tribe.

His love for one of the concubines will unwillingly lead him to break all the unwritten rules within the Tribe’s hierarchy.


Ukraine  2014  132mn  2.39:1  5.1  No dialogues  1st Feature Film

written by

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

Produced by

Garmata film production

Original title

ПЛЕМ’Я (Plemya)


Short films:
2012 Nuclear waste – Silver Leopard – Locarno Film festival
2010 Deafness- Berlinale Competition
2009 Diagnosis- Berlinale Competition
2006 The Incident
1995 The Guard


Grygoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich

Festivals and Awards

  • Cannes – La Semaine de La Critique – Grand Prix, Visionary Award, GAN Foundation Support
  • Tarkovsky Festival, Russia – Competition- Grand Prix, Special Prize for Director ‘Seans’
  • Karlovy Vary, Special Events
  • ArtFilm Fest, Slovakia – Competition- Trencin Mayor’s Award
  • Palic FF – Parallels & Encounters – Competition – Grand Prix for Best feature
  • Golden Apricot Yerevan IFF, Armenia –  Competition – Grand Prix and Fipresci Award
  • Motovun IFF, Croatia – Motovun Propeller Award for Best feature
  • Locarno FF – special screening: films of the Jury
  • Sarajevo FF – Kinoscope selection
  • Milano FF – Competition – Best Feature Film Award
  • Manaki FF- Competition – Best Cinematographer Award
  • Fantastic Fest, USA – Competition – Best Director Award
  • San Sebastian FF – Pearls Competitive section
  • Kinoshok, Russia – Best Director Award
  • Hamburg FF – Competition
  • Busan FF, South Korea – World Cinema
  • Milwaukee FF, main Competition Award
  • London BFI – Best First Feature Award- Sutherland Award and Young Jury Award
  • Sitges FF, Spain – Competition – Experimenta Award
  • Ghent IFF, Competition – Distribution Award
  • Tofifest IFF, Poland – Competition – Grand Prix (Golden Angel)
  • Sao Paulo FF, Brazil –Best Screenplay – New Filmmakers Section
  • Stockholm FF, Sweden – Competition
  • Sevilla FF, Spain- Competition
  • Warsaw FF, Poland – Competition
  • Haifa, Israel – World Cinema
  • Thessaloniki FF, Greece – Best Director Award
  • Almaty Kazakhstan Film Festival
  • Inverness Film Festival, Eden Court, Scotland
  • Cork Film Festival, Ireland, Grand Prix for Best feature film
  • AFI Fest, USA- Visionary Award – Special Jury Prize
  • Listapad IFF, Belarus, Grand Prix & International press Jury
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan
  • Ljubljana International Film Festival, Slovenia
  • Skopje – Cine Days Film Festival, Macedonia
  • Tallinn Black Night IFF, Estonia
  • CINECITY The Brighton Film Festival, UK
  • IFFI, Goa
  • Kilkenny Film Festival, Ireland
  • Around the World in 14 Films, Berlin, Germany
  • Riga FF, Estonia
  • REC, Tarragona, Spain – Grand Prix ex-aequo
  • Tbilisi Film Festival, Georgia- Best Film, Sergej Paradjanov Prize for The Best Poetic Vision 
  • European Discovery 2014 – Prix FIPRESCI
  • Sundance IFF 2105 – Spotlight Section-
  • Rotterdam IFF 2015 – Limelight Section
  • Black Movie IFF-  Switzerland
  • Trieste, Italy – Out of Competition
  • Istanbul IF- Turkey
  • Festival d’Amour – Mons, Belgium- Young Jury Award – CICAE Award for Best feature film
  • Tampere IFF – Finland
  • Sofia IFF, Bulgaria – Cinema Tomorrow-Discoveries
  • Dublin IFF, Ireland- Best Filmmaker Award
  • Vilnius – Kinopavasaris, Lithuania- Best Director Award
  • Russia- NIKA Award for Best feature
  • Udine FEFF, Italy
  • Durban FF, South Africa
  • Singapore Fest of Arts
  • Sydney IFF
  • Revelation, Perth
  • New Zealand IFF in Auckland
  • Cairo – Critic’s Week Best features
  • Jagran FF, India
  • Chisinev, Moldova
  • Kolkata FF, India
  • Mallorca IFF – Best Actor Award for Gregoriy Fesenko


Press quotes

“The most exciting, daring and outstanding films made around the world” (Wendy Ide, The Times)

“The Tribe is an Unprecedented Cinematic Accomplishment” (Eric Kohn, Indiewire)

“One of those rare films that you can’t quite believe really exist, that demonstrate that cinema still has a few tricks up its sleeve” (Jonathan Romney, Filmcomment)

“The great discovery of this year’s festival” – The Guardian