The Band’s Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret)
Release year: 2007
Director: Eran Kolirin
Screenwriter: Eran Kolirin
Starring: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour, Rubi Moskovitz, Uri Gavriel, Imad Jabarin, Hilla Sarjon
Ratings: Cannes: Award of Youth (Eran Kolirin), FIPRESCI Prize – Un Certain Regard (Eran Kolirin), Un Certain Regard – Jury Coup de Coeur (Eran Kolirin), Golden Camera nominee, Un Certain Regard Award nominee.
The Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrives in Israel from Egypt for a cultural event, only find there is no delegation to meet them, nor any arrangements to get to their destination of Petah Tiqva. Deciding to take a bus and find their own way, a mistake means they instead end up in Beit Hatikva, a remote town where they are stuck until the next day.
The Band’s Visit was Israel’s original Foreign Language Film submission for the 80th Academy Awards, but was rejected because it contained over fifty percent English dialogue. But the movie was highly regarded in Cannes, where the way the movie quiet shows a bonding between two fighting nationalities. The cast deliver’s strong performances led by Gabai (Rambo III, 1988) making his character feel very human opposite the very different and much more lively Dina, played with spunk by Elkabetz (To Take a Wife, 2004). The two very different people slowly opens up to each other and realizing they maybe aren’t that different is the backbone of the movie while a highlight is the rollerskating disco where the experienced Egyptian wordlessly guides the shy Israeli.
Was adapted into a musical which premiered Off-Broadway on November 11, 2016 and moved to Broadway on November 9, 2017, starring Tony Shalhoub as Tewfiq, Katrina Lenk as Dina.
Picture copyrights: Sony Pictures