His love for one of the concubines will unwillingly lead him to break all the unwritten rules within the Tribe’s hierarchy.
While I was working on the short DEAFNESS, which I considered to be a kind of a pilot for a future full feature, I made many contacts with the Ukrainian deaf-and-dumb community and the heads of the Ukrainian societies of deaf people. I also came to know the leaders of the informal “shadow” community, who revealed to me their isolated world from inside, the ways and the rituals of this community, one of the most closed ones.
This film is completely based on my school memories and on what’s been told me by my consultants from the world of deaf-and-dumb people. With all its seeming simplicity and seeming violence, this is a film about very young people. And very young people are capable of strong pure feelings: love, hatred, fury, anger, despair. One does not need words to express these emotions.
I see this film as a humanistic story of love and initiation – a story of entering the adult life in the cruel world.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
Written by: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
Produced by: Iya Myslytska, Valentyn Vasyanovych
Cinematography: Valentyn Vasyanovych
Editing: Valentyn Vasyanovych
Production Design: Vlad Odudenko
Costume Design: Alena Gres
Sound: Sergiy Stepanskiy
Cast: Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova
Nominations and Awards
- European Discovery - Prix Fipresci 2014
- Feature Film Selection 2014