Ukrainian Deaf actress visits Japan for her movie "The Tribe"

April 4, 2015
In front of the film poster Yana Novikova 
states, "When you make a strong 
determination, you will find the way"
(picture: http://mainichi.jp)


The Ukrainian movie titled "The Tribe", chosen as a critic week grand prize of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival's International Critics' Week section, will  be released at Euro Space in Shibuya in Tokyo, etc. from April 18.

Yana Novikova, 21, the star actress, explains in sign language, "We say a thing using the eyes and gestures. Even without any spoken word, you can act".

The story of the movie is related to an organization called "the tribe" at the boarding school for the deaf. In the movie, only sign language used, even neither subtitles nor caption and dubbing. This will force an audience to imagine or guess while watching it.

Novikova, from Belarus who played a role of the girl friend of the tribe leader, became sick soon after she was born and lost hearing. 

She dreamed to become an actress and auditioned for an Ukrainian theatre group, but was disqualified. Fortunately she met Director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, 40, who had come to look for a Deaf actor for his movie. 


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