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PG-13| 1 hr. 26 min.

Plot Summary
The eight Egyptian musicians who comprise the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrive by mistake in a small town in Israel's Negev Desert. Their booking set for a different city, and with no transportation out of the town or any hotels to stay at, the band settles at a restaurant owned by Dina (Ronit Elkabetz), who offers them lodging. Overcoming ethnic barriers, the Egyptians find diversion and companionship with the Israelis through a pervading undercurrent of shared melancholy.

Cast: Sasson Gabai , Ronit Elkabetz ,

Director: Eran Kolirin

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

The Band's Visit (Bikur hatizmoret) (2007)

Release Date: February 8th, 2008|1 hr. 26 min.

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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A lovely, smart and beautifully understated film. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This modest little fable from Israel, in English, Hebrew and Arabic, has spellbinding resonances, yet never breaks the spell by blowing its own horn. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    First-time filmmaker Kolirin paces his can-we-all-just-get-along? parable as if it were a silent comedy, which for long stretches it is. This movie about musicians has no soundtrack. Its musical moments are few, but potent. show more

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