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.

Director:

Eran Kolirin

Writer:

Eran Kolirin
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Credited cast:
Sasson Gabay ... Lieutenant-colonel Tawfiq Zacharya (as Sasson Gabai)
Ronit Elkabetz ... Dina
Saleh Bakri ... Haled
Khalifa Natour ... Simon
Rubi Moskovitz Rubi Moskovitz ... Itzik
Uri Gavriel ... Avrum
Imad Jabarin ... Major-general Camal Abdel Azim
Hilla Sarjon ... Iris
Shlomi Avraham Shlomi Avraham ... Papi
Tarik Kopty ... Iman (as Tarak Kopty)
Rinat Matatov ... Yula
Tomer Yosef Tomer Yosef ... Ars
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nadav Asulin Nadav Asulin ... Sami
Ahuva Keren ... Lea
François Khell François Khell ... Makram
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Storyline

On an ordinary day, 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. When they find their own ride, they arrive instead at the remote town of Beit Hatikva. Stuck there until the next morning's bus, the band, led by the repressed Tawfiq Zacharaya, gets help from the worldly lunch owner, Dina, who offers to put them up for the night. As the band settles in as best it can, each of the members attempts to get along with the natives in their own way. What follows is a special night of quiet happenings and confessions as the band makes its own impact on the town and the town on them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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They came, they saw, they bridged a divide. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The movie was selected to be Israel's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008), 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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lieutenant-colonel Tawfiq Zacharya: This is like asking why a man needs a soul.
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Connections

Featured in Sharon Amrani: Remember His Name (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Summertime
(From opera "Porgy and Bess", 1935)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward
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Excellent! The characters are quite real
28 July 2011 | by rainyday1230See all my reviews

What I got from this movie is that deep down, in the most basic ways we are all the same. I am a Westerner from Texas, but I identified with several of the characters. Yes, I'm a musician, but not for those reasons do I identify but more for the human condition parts. I also liked the starkness of the remote village. I find that romantic. It really did make me feel like I was there. It breaks my heart to think that Egypt and Israel may again become mortal enemies after just a couple of generations. Just when maybe things were getting better between these countries and their citizens. Neither music nor love can erase the evil that is hate.


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Country:

Israel | USA | France

Language:

Hebrew | Arabic | English

Release Date:

21 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Band's Visit See more »

Filming Locations:

Negev Desert, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,492, 10 February 2008

Gross USA:

$3,054,457

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,587,587
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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