In the cosy interiors of Wrocław Contemporary Museum, the “Shelter” Cinema runs for the second time this winter and spring. This time, the leitmotiv of the four meetings is the different dimensions of claustrophobia and limitations.

During the third screening in the series, we will address the notion of limitations in communication in order to analyse the extent to which language determines our functioning in society and how linguistic barriers affect the reception of an artwork. Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s extraordinary film “The Tribe” will help us in it. The film uses sign language and is screened without subtitles or voiceover. Why did the director decide to use this strategy? What role was assigned to us as the viewers? What methods of “hampering” communication are used by other contemporary makers of audiovisual materials?

The film debut of the Ukrainian director has been shown at several dozen festivals all over the world, always stirring a sensation due to its subject matter and form. The plot is simple enough – a deaf and mute teenager is trying to adapt to the system existing in a boarding school. The successful combination of a shocking tale of a dehumanized reality with well thought-over solutions is bpund to have a deep impact on the viewers. “The Tribe” received three awards at the Critics’ Week in Cannes, and the director received the European Film Award for European Discovery of the Year.

The screening will be preceded by an introduction delivered by Adam Kruk, a film critic (“Dwutygodnik.com”, “Filmweb.pl”) and film expert. There will also be an opportunity to talk to him after the screening. The meeting will be moderated by Lech Moliński, the instigator of the “Shelter” Cinema programme who regularly cooperates with Wrocław Film Foundation.

curator of the cycle:
Lech Moliński (Wrocławska Fundacja Filmowa)

Curator of debates:
Bartek Lis (MWW)