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Hot up-and-coming Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy has signed with Lee Stobby of Lee Stobby Entertainment on the heels of his award-winning Cannes debut, which has been met with universal critical acclaim and over thirty prestigious awards across the festival circuit.
Slaboshpytskiy’s debut feature, The Tribe, premiered at the 2014 Cannes Critics Week, going on to win three prizes, which is the first in the history of the festival. Called the cinematic event of the year by Karlovy Vary Film Fest artistic director Karel Och, the pic won the Nespresso Grand Prize, the France 4 Visionary Award, and the Gan Foundation for Cinema Award.
The innovative feature is set in a boarding school for deaf teens and depicts love, brutality, extortion and prostitution, all without a single spoken word or subtitle in the entire film. The cast consists of all non-pro deaf actors, including leads Grigory Fesenko and Yana Novikova.
Next up for Slaboshpytskiy is drama Luxembourg, which is set to shoot later this year on-location in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and tells the story of a policeman who confronts the system, his job and the women in his life – in a city overshadowed by the effects of a nuclear disaster.
Kristen McRobbie | Staff Writer