The Band's Visit

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Released 2007

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Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
The Band's Visit is a 2007 comedy about cultural clashes between Israelis and Egyptians that won the "Un Certain Regard" award at the Cannes Film Festival. The Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra of Egypt travels to Israel to perform at the opening of an Arab arts center. Unfortunately, no one greets them at the airport and the band, led by Lieutenant-colonel Tawfiq Zacharya (Sasson Gabai), head to the wrong town. They find themselves stuck in the remote town of Beit Hatikva until the next morning. Dina (Ronit Elkabetz), the owner of a local restaurant, offers them housing for the night. Over the course of the evening, ordinary Arabs and Jews have an opportunity to meet, reflect and discover one another in a new light. First-time writer and director Eran Kolirin takes a funny and human view of the cross-cultural conflicts between Arabs and Jews. The film won several awards and is told in Arabic, Hebrew and English.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Both sweet-natured and sharply pointed, a film whose poignant, emotional effects and subtle acting sneak up on you.

  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Kolirin, it emerges, is wrenching comedy out of intense melancholia.

  • 70

    Variety

    A warm and delightful take on cross-cultural relations that proves that sometimes a light touch is just what's needed to address serious topics.

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