Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Opens with ‘The Tribe,’ Closes with ‘Girlhood&#

Editor | - September 30, 2014

Award-winning Foreign Films to Bookend Festival, Oct. 15-19

The Sixth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival begins on Wednesday October 15, 2014, with "The Tribe" and closes with "Girlhood" (Bande de Filles) on Sunday October 19, 2014. holding five (5) days of independent film, interactive events, after-parties, exploratory workshops, and Masters Discussions with top independe​nt filmmakers.

Opening Night Film: "The Tribe"

Director: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

When: Wednesday October 15, 2014, 6:30 pm at Center for Contemporary Arts

In  Ukraine, Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for the deaf. Alone in this new and unfamiliar place, he must find his way through the school's hierarchy. Sergey quickly encounters the tribe, a student gang dealing in crime and prostitution. After passing their hazing rituals and being inducted into the group, he takes part in several robberies and begins to work his way up the chain of command to become pimp-protector for two of the girls, who turn tricks at the local truck stop. Finding himself in love with one of the, Sergey ultimately breaks all the unwritten rules of the tribe, with tragic consequences. The film does not rely on subtitles of American Sign Language , but instead focuses on the theme of love and hatred that the characters imbue so well throughout the movie. The movie is captivating through the use of  the amazing deaf mute Actors and the riveting camera work that pulls the audience  in with the characters in the deaf -mute school. This film has been officially selected  and won three awards at Festival de Cannes in the categories: Critics week Grand Prize, Gan Foundation Support for Distribution, France  4 Visionary Award and was  nominated for Golden Camera. The Film was also an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014.

Closing Night Film: "Girlhood" ("Bande de filles")

Director: Céline Sciamma

When : Sunday October 19, 2014, 7:30pm at Center for Contemporary Arts

Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of 3 free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom.  This film is a coming of age story that is set in the projects of paris. The protagonist, 16 year old Marieme (Karidja Toure )  is throttled into a world of partying, drugs and alcohol. The film beautifully transitions  into  a darker aspects of the  gang, without losing the fluidity of the storyline. "Girlhood" premiered at the 2014 Festival de Cannes and was an official selection at Toronto International Film Festival 2014.

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival features over 100 films and events including SFIFF's Spotlight Presentations at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Thursday, October 16th at 6:30 pm a special preview of "Olive Kitteridge" presented by HBO. Friday, October 17th "The Homesman" at 7 pm. "Elsa & Fred" on Saturday October 18th, 2014 at 6:30pm introduced by Shirley MacLaine.

Tickets for all movies and events are on sale at or call the Lensic Box Office at 505-988-1234.