The Band's Visit

A wryly elegant, slice-of-life comedy in which an Egyptian Ceremonial Police Band, due to play at the opening of an Arab Cultural Centre in Israel, find themselves stranded in a small desert town. They are taken in by brash cafe owner Dina, and over the course of the night the band and the locals have a little cultural exchange of their own. An assured blend of comedy, drama and poignancy from Israeli writer/director Eran Kolirin making his feature debut; and while it may not solve all the problems in this troubled region, it at least makes it feel like it's possible. Originally slated to be Israel's Foreign Language entry at the 80th Academy Awards, it was disqualified on the grounds that the dialogue was more than 50% in English!

Year: 2007
Genre: Comedy, Drama, African & Middle Eastern, Film Festivals 2008, International Showcase
Country: Israel, France, USA
Director: Eran Kolirin
Starring: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour, Shlomi Avraham, Rubi Moskovitz
Duration: 85 Minutes
Rating: M - Contains low level offensive language.
Location in store: Foreign (Africa & Middle East)



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