The Band’s Visit

10m.jpgBikur Ha-Tizmoret


This film was released in France three weeks ago and I think it has already been released in the UK and the US. I was lucky to see it in October at a preview during a film festival.

The plot is simpe: A brass 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 a foreign town in the middle of nowhere. To quell grumblings already afoot among members, conductor Tawfiq (Sasson Gabai) hesitantly accepts a suggestion from cafe manager Dina (Ronit Elkabetz) to stay the night.

The film avoids mulling over the Middle-East conflict while showing that contacts, even if akward, are possible between the band members and the towndwellers.

I enjoy Israeli films and have seen as many of them as the programming of my local cinema theatre allows. Thus in the past few years I have seen Avanim, Late Marriage, Or, Walk on Water, The Bubble, and a few others. Yet my favourite remains Broken Wings.