Band’s Visit, The

Title: The Band’s Visit

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Year: 2007

Cast: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Khalifa Natour, Uri Gavriel, Saleh Bakri

Directed by: Eran Kolirin

Written by: Eran Kolirin

Produced by: Eilon Ratzkovsky, Ehud Bleiberg, Koby Gal-Raday, Guy Jacoel, Yossi Uzrad

Co-Produced by: Sophie Dulac, Michel Zana

Origin: Israel, France

Language(s): Arabic, Hebrew, English

Awards/Festivals: WINNER: Coup de Couer – Cannes Film Festival; WINNER: Best Actor, Best Discovery – European Film Awards; and 30+ other international festival awards

External Links: Indiewire Interview with Eran Kolirin

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“A marvelous, global charmer. Light and welcome as a bouquet of balloons.” -Lisa Schwartzman, Entertainment Weekly

“Very funny. One of the best films of the year.” -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

This heartwarming and poignant winner of the Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard prize is the mesmerizing and witty story of strangers in a strange land. A fading Egyptian police band arrives in Israel to play at the Arab Cultural Center. When they take the wrong bus, the band members find themselves in a desolate Israeli village. With no other option than to spend the night with the local townspeople, the two distinctly different cultures realize the universal bonds of love, music and life. Set against a breathtaking desert landscape, this cross-cultural comedy proves that getting lost is sometimes the best way to find yourself.

U.S. Release by Sony Pictures Classics