Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s “The Tribe” won the top prize in the Cannes Film Festival’s independent Critics’ Week section, a jury headed by director Andrea Arnold announced on Thursday.
The Ukranian film is about a deaf teen who enters a special boarding school, and is told by actors who speak in sign language without spoken dialogue. Its win carried a 10,000 Euro prize.
It also won the France 4 Visionary Award, and a grant from the Gan Foundation.
Other Critics’ Week prizes went to “Hope,” “A Ciambra” and “Crocodile.”
The only American film in the selection was the well-received horror film “It Follows,” from director David Robert Mitchell.
Grand Prize: “The Tribe,” Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
Visionary Award: “The Tribe”
SACD prize: “Hope,” Boris Lojkine
Discovery Prize: “A Ciambra,” Jonas Carpignano
Canal+ Award: “Crocodile,” Gaelle Denis
Gan Foundation Support for Distibution grant: “The Tribe”