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The Band’s Visit

Bikur Ha-Tizmoret (Israel, France, USA)

Directed by:
Eran Kolirin
Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour
TIFF edition:

Not long ago, a small Egyptian Police band arrived in Israel. They came to play at an initiation ceremony but, due to bureaucracy, bad luck, or for whatever reason, they were left stranded at the airport. They tried to manage on their own, only to find themselves in a desolate, almost forgotten, small Israeli town, somewhere in the heart of the desert. A lost band in a lost town. Not many people remember this. It wasn’t that important.

Awards & Festivals: Sofia 2008, Zurich 2007, Valladolid 2007, FIPRESCI Prize, Award of the Youth, Jury Coup de Coeur - Cannes 2007, Lino Brocka Award - Cinemanila 2008, Audience Award - Copenhaga 2007, European Discovery of the Year, European Film Award - Best Actor (Sasson Gabai) - European Film Awards, Critics' Award - Fantasporto 2008, Special Mention - Ghent 2007, Audience Award - Sarajevo 2007