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The Band's Visit (2007)

Bikur Ha-Tizmoret (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 21 March 2008 (USA)
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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
47 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Sasson Gabai ... Lieutenant-colonel Tawfiq Zacharya
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:
Ahuva Keren ... Lea
François Khell François Khell ... Makram
Hisham Khoury ... Fauzi
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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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Plot Keywords:

band | police | israel | arab | egyptian | See All (167) »

Taglines:

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 town featured in the film, Beit Hatikva, is fictional and filming actually took place in the southern Israeli city Yeruham. See more »

Goofs

When speaking in Arabic, Tawfiq pronounces some words with the Egyptian Arabic pronunciation, and some words with the Palestinian Arabic pronunciation. Being an Egyptian, he should talk in Egyptian Arabic dialect all the time. See more »

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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A touching film about what makes us similar as humans
6 October 2007 | by guyleviSee all my reviews

I liked this movie. As a viewer, I was subjected to a wide range of emotions during this film: joy, frustration, embarrassment, delight and so on.

One must understand that Israel and Egypt had been long time enemies (until the peace agreement in 1979) and that Israeli Jews and Arabs have very different views on so many matters. Within this context the humanity of the film really shines. People of such different backgrounds are basically the same; Same hopes and aspirations, same fears and frustrations etc. The same things make all of us tick.

This film is also about strangers and others. And how we can help one another. The scene with Haled and the Israeli boy and girl in the skating rink is, my opinion, classic.

enjoy


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Country:

Israel | USA | France

Language:

Hebrew | Arabic | English

Release Date:

21 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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