• The Band's Visit (2008)

The Band's Visit

Release Date: February 8th, 2008

DVD Release Date: July 29th, 2008

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, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour, Rubi Moskovitz, Uri Gavriel, Imad Jabarin, Hilla Sarjon

Director: Eran Kolirin

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Keshet Broadcasting, Tel Aviv, July August Productions, Bleiberg Entertainment

Keywords: Transformation , Amusing , 2000s , Offbeat , Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall 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

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A "little" film with a great reach. show more

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia 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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