By Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood July 2, 2014 at 1:23PM
Intrepid distribution arm Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to director Miroslav Slaboshpytskiy's "The Tribe," winner of the Nespresso Grand Prize, the France 4 Visionary Award and a Gan Foundation grant at the 2014 Cannes International Critics' Week.
This is Slaboshpytskiy's first feature, and sweeping up three prizes from multiple juries at Critics' Week is a significant feat. Set in a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, the film unfolds through sign language, with no subtitles or voiceover, and with a cast of nonprofessional deaf actors. In his rave review, Indiewire's Eric Kohn calls the film "an unprecedented cinematic accomplishment."