“One of the most bold and intriguing challenges to screen at Cannes, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s ambitious debut Ukrainian film is a strange and oddly immersive film that makes its audience really work but in the end delivers something rare and original. As the opening intertitles simply states “The film is in sign language of deaf-and-dumb. There is no translation, no subtitles, no voice over on purpose”. The grammar may be wrong, but the content is correct – the film is made up entirely of deaf sign-language users, and with no spoken language, music or subtitles to help as guides. The audience is immersed in the visuals and ambient sound and asked to work hard to follow the story of teenage gangs, sexual encounters and violent hazing rituals.(…) The storyline itself may be familiar, but the more the audience is immersed in the film the easier it is to follow what is happening. (…) Most impressive is Valentyn Vasyanovych’s assured and beautifully composed steadicam cinematography that helps the viewer become art of the oddly disturbing world of these troubled and often brutal youngsters.” (Screen International, by Mark Adams)

Tuesday, 02.12.2014 – 9:15 pm (presented by Aelrun Goette) – in the presence of leading actress Yana Novikova
Wednesday, 03.12.2014 – 7:15 pm
Thursday, 04.12.2014 – 10:00 pm

With the support of Berliner Pilsener



Berlin Premiere 



OT: Plemya, 2014
Country: Ukraine
Production: Garmata Film Production
Cast: Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich, Yaroslav Biletskiy
Format: DCP / Coulour
Length: 132 min.
Language: No dialogues, sign language only
World Sales: Alpha Violet,
Distribution Germany: tba
Festivals: Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Sarajevo, Toronto, San Sebastián, Busan, Sitges, Haifa, London, Hawaii etc.
Awards: Cannes Semaine de la Critique 3 Prizes, Mailand, Milwaukee, BFI London, Gent, Torun, Philadelphia, Nomination European Film Awards 2014 etc.