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The Band's Visit -- A brass band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center. But due to bureaucracy, bad luck, or for whatever reason, find themselves stranded in a desolate, almost forgotten, small Israeli town, somewhere in the heart of the desert.
The Band's Visit -- The U.S. theatrical trailer for The Band's Visit, directed by Eran Kolirin.


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21 March 2008 (USA) See more »
Once-not long ago-a small Egyptian police band arrived in Israel. Not many remember this...It wasn't that important. See more »
A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Eran Kolirin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eran Kolirin 

Produced by
Ehud Bleiberg .... producer
Sophie Dulac .... co-producer
Koby Gal-Raday .... producer
Guy Jacoel .... producer
Eilon Ratzkovsky .... producer
Yossi Uzrad .... producer
Michel Zana .... co-producer
Original Music by
Habib Shadah 
Cinematography by
Shai Goldman 
Film Editing by
Arik Leibovitch 
Casting by
Orit Azoulay 
Production Design by
Eitan Levi 
Costume Design by
Doron Ashkenazi 
Makeup Department
Maya Grastal .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tami Kushnir .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michal Koren .... third assistant director
Yochanan Kredo .... first assistant director
Lihi Levin .... third assistant director
Ya'ara Lipkin .... second assistant director
Art Department
Yosi Dahari .... assistant art director
Or Ozrad .... set dresser
Nikolai Yosifov .... property master
Sound Department
Israel David .... re-recording mixer
Itai Elohev .... sound
Gilad Leshem .... sound effects editor
Idan Rawet .... foley editor
Gil Segal .... foley artist
Gil Segal .... foley editor
Alon Shapira .... boom operator
Gil Toren .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Igal Arobas .... grip
Elad Elbar .... grip
Joseph Lachmish .... grip
Yuval Landsberg .... lighting technician
Uri Lipshin .... lighting technician
Salvatore Lista .... camera operator
Roi Mano .... key grip
Guy Ne'eman .... key grip
Idan Or .... assistant camera
Lior Pery .... gaffer
David Rudoy .... second assistant camera
Daniel Solomon .... lighting technician
Adam Verete .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edan Galit .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Ádám Halász .... rushes colorist
Location Management
Nadav Gopher .... location manager
Music Department
Keren Or Biton .... music mixer
Keren Or Biton .... music recording
Other crew
Szabolcs Barta .... film grading
Marc Feytout .... press attache: France
Laurette Monconduit .... press attache: France
Shannon Banal .... thanks
Nicholas Donnermeyer .... thanks (as Nick Donnermeyer)

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Also Known As:
"Bikur Ha-Tizmoret" - Israel (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
87 min
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The movie was selected to be Israel's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV), but it was disqualified by AMPAS because more than 50% of the film's dialogue was found to be in English, as opposed to Arabic and Hebrew. After an unsuccessful appeal, Israel sent Beaufort (2007) instead.See more »
Continuity: When Tewfiq tells Khaled they have a long day tomorrow in Dina's apartment, Tewfiq is shown putting his hand on Khaled's shoulder in the shot from behind Khaled, but in the shot from the front, Tewfiq is seen holding Khaled's upper arm.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features The Policeman (1971)See more »
SummertimeSee more »


Is "Bikur Ha-Tizmoret" based on a novel?
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31 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Small but wise, 24 February 2008
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

A fully uniformed Egyptian police band arrives in Israel to perform at the opening ceremony of a new Arab Cultural Center but no one shows up to meet them at the airport. Lonely and tired, they end up taking the wrong bus, ending up in Bet Hatikvah, a lonely outpost in the Negev that, according to one of its residents, not only doesn't have a cultural center but has no culture. Unable to get transportation until the next morning, the band agrees to stay overnight at a local restaurant run by Dina (Ronit Elkabetz), a free-spirited but lonely Israeli restaurateur who longs for companionship.

Eran Kolirin's A Band's Visit is the story of the small connections that bring people together. Israeli's submission as Best Foreign Film at the Oscars (rejected because much of its dialog is in English), it is about what some of us have lost in modern society – the ability to reach across cultural, political, and language barriers to connect with fellow human beings. Over the course of the evening, the Israelis and the Egyptians approach each other tentatively and little by little, the staid Egyptians open up to their Israeli hosts, finding some common ground exemplified in a spontaneous dinner table rendition of George Gershwin's "Summertime".

When the two groups begin to get to know each other, they find that beneath the language and cultural differences, they are simply people - full of joy and sadness, friendship and loneliness, connection and loss. Tewfiq (Sasson Gabal), the conductor of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, is formal and rigid in his demeanor but is able to strike up a friendship with Dina (Ronit Elkabetz). After some awkward silences, the melancholy conductor reveals details of tragic losses in his family and how he feels that he is to blame. Another band member, Khaled (Saleh Bakri) decides to accompany local Papi (Shlomi Avraham) and his date to a roller skating rink. In a memorable scene, Khaled offers the socially backward Papi some instructions on courting his shy girl friend.

In another moving sequence, band member Simon (Kalifa Natour) plays a lovely but unfinished composition for the clarinet for Itzik (Rubi Moscovich) who tells him that he should end the piece, not with a traditional showy display but with what is there for him at the moment, "not sad, not happy, a small room, a lamp, a bed, a child sleeping, and tons of loneliness." A Band's Visit is a film about Israeli's and Arabs but without the usual backdrop of boundary disputes, the peace process, or the religious divide, even avoiding the clichés about how music is a universal language. It is a small film but wise in its understated depiction of humanity's common bonds, slow-paced but held together with a sensitive charm.

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