• The Band's Visit

    Directed by Eran Kolirin
    Israel | 87 minutes | The Palm Springs Canon

  • The Band's Visit

    Directed by Eran Kolirin
    Israel | 87 minutes | The Palm Springs Canon

Some of the best comedies are drawn from life‘s most serious conflicts, and proof lies in this witty and gentle lark about an Egyptian brass band that finds itself lost in a backwater Israeli town. Propelled by charismatic and engaging performances, the film is earned awards around the world. (PSIFF 2008) Free community screening sponsored by Desert Care Network.

Schedule

January 7, 2019 4:45 PM Palm Canyon Theater Tickets not available
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film synopsis

“Some of the best comedies are drawn from life‘s most serious conflicts, and proof lies in this witty and gentle lark about an Egyptian brass band (The Alexandria Police Ceremonial Orchestra) that finds itself lost in a backwater, desert Israeli town. It’s a place described as “no Arab culture, no Israeli culture, no culture at all,“ but the eight-member band most quickly turns bewilderment into opportunity. Propelled by charismatic and engaging performances, the film is earning awards around the world, including a sweep of the Israeli Film Academy awards (the equivalent to the American Oscar®s, who disqualified the film from their Foreign Language category due to the movies’ prevalent use of English). It’s colorful assortment of characters — including a rigid manager, a flirtatious singer, and a brassy café owner — attempt to survive unexpectedly close encounters with people hailing from contentious nations. But if the resulting light comedy suggests anything, it’s that the underlying tensions may be the most universal resource for renewed life in this dry and arid land.” -PSIFF 2008

film details

Original Language Title: Bikur Ha-Tizmoret
Country: Israel
Year: 2007
Running Time: 87 minutes
Language: in Hebrew, English and Arabic with English subtitles
Display Format: 35mm
Director: Eran Kolirin
Producers: Eilon Ratzkovsky, Ehud Bleiberg, Yossi Uzrad, Koby Gal-Raday, Guy Jacoel
Principal Cast: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour, Imad Jabarin
Cinematographers: Shai Goldman
Editor: Arik Lahav Leibovitz
Music: Habib Shehadeh Hanna
Screenwriter: Eran Kolirin
Primary Company: Sony Pictures Classics

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