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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 »
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 »
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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