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|The Band's Visit|
Actors: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour, Shlomi Avraham
Director: Eran Kolirin
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
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 Ar... more »
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Sari Lynn G. (Sari-Lynn) from SEATTLE, WA
Reviewed on 11/24/2009...
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ruled that Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit was ineligible for Oscar consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film, because more than half its dialogue was in English, but that didn't prevent the film from winning the top Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix at the 29th Tokyo Film Festival in October 2007.
Ken D. (SnowKen) from LITTLETON, CO
Reviewed on 9/21/2009...
Very nice movie. Good acting. Quiet and thoughtful, this explores stereotypes and pre-disposition to bias, and how simple gestures can overcome.
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Napoleon Dynamite, Tel Aviv style!
Medusa | Troy, MI | 07/12/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Members of an Egyptian police get lost and end up in the wrong town in Israel, instead of the town where they are supposed to perform for a ceremony at the Arab arts center. The members spend the night in that town but didn't have the right currency to go to a hotel. An Israeli woman who owns a tiny restaurant offers that some spend the night at her place and some at a friends' house.
Despite the history of animosity between Arabs and Israelis, the members of the band find themselves opening to their new friends and finding a mutual bond as humans without the expected baggage. Nice simple stories with a new kind of comedy are told in this movie; in a way that isn't typical in Israeli or Palestinian movies. Watch and discover each character in this wonderful movie, it is worth it.