Cannes: ‘The Tribe’ Wins Critics’ Week Awards

Ukranian film told in sign language takes top prize and two other honors in independent Cannes sidebar

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.

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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.

The awards:
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”