CANNES– Ukrainian helmer Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s feature debut “The Tribe” topped the 53rd edition of Cannes’ Critics’ Week.
“The Tribe” won the Nespresso Grand Prize, the Revelation Prize, and the newly-launched distribution grant from the Fondation Gan.
Repped by Alpha Violet, “The Tribe” follows the dark journey of deaf-mute teenager who enters a specialized boarding school, where he becomes part of a wild organization prone to bullying and prostitution.
Slaboshpytskiy’s previous short, “Nuclear Waste,” won a prize in Locarno.
The SACD (French society of authors, composers and directors) prize went to another feature debut, Boris Lojkine’s “Hope,” which tells the tale of a young man from Cameroon who rescues and falls in love with Nigerian woman in the Sahara desert.
The film, sold by Pyramide, marks the fiction debut of Lojkine, a documentary filmmaker whose credits include “Les ames errantes” and “Ceux qui restent.”
The Grand Jury was presided by British director Andrea Arnold, while the Revelation jury was headed by French helmer Rebecca Zlotowski.
Topped by artistic director Charles Tesson and program manager Remi Bonhomme, this year’s selection was particularly strong, with such standouts as Melanie Laurent’s toxic-friendship drama “Breathe” and David Robert Mitchell’s coming-of-age suspenser “It Follows.”
Thomas Lilti’s “Hippocrate,” a French drama about two hospital interns who come from different worlds, closed the sidebar.