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Bikur Ha-Tizmoret : The Band's Visit (2008)
(DVD)

Call Number DVD/FOREIGN/HEBREW/BAND'S


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MoviesDVD/FOREIGN/HEBREW/BAND'SDue 09-28-18
Published: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2008]
Description:  1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN/ISSN: 1424898293, 9781424898299,
Language:  Hebrew


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Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour

The Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrives in Israel from Egypt for a cultural event. Once there, they find the expected delegation is not there to meet them. Arrangements to get to their destination of Petah Tiqva have not been taken care of either. They find their own ride and arrive instead at the remote town of Beit Hatikva. Stuck there until the next morning's bus, the band, lead 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 the 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

MPAA rating: PG-13; for brief strong language

DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.78:1) presentation; Dolby Digital

Hebrew, Arabic and English dialogue, English subtitles; closed-captioned

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Jewish-Arab relations -- Drama.
Villages -- Drama. -- Israel
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Foreign films -- Israel.
Comedy films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
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Additional Credits:
Bleiberg, Ehud.
Gal-Raday, Koby
Jacoel, Guy
Rachkowsky, Eilon
Uzrad, Yossi, 1949-
Kolirin, Eran, 1973-
Gabay, Sasson.
Elkabetz, Ronit.
Bakri, Saleh.
Natour, Khalifa.
Shadah, Habib
Ashkenazi, Doron
July August Productions
Bleiberg Entertainment (Firm)
Sophie Dulac Productions.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)

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Bikur Ha-Tizmoret: The Band's Visit

The Broadway musical, The Band’s Visit, based on the 2007 Israeli film, Bikur Ha-Tizmoret, won ten Tony awards earlier this month, prompting my interest in the movie.

The movie follows an Egyptian police band that has booked a performance at an Arab cultural center in Petah Tikva, but end up in the wrong town, (fictional) Bet Hatika, in the middle of the Negev Desert. When there is no transportation out of the city that day, and no hotels for them to spend the night, the eight male band members, through a fortuitous encounter with a café owner, are taken in for the evening by different people throughout the town. The situations that ensue highlight relationships built by finding common ground.

This has been described as a quiet film, and I would agree. It is a sweet charmer about a group of people, who meet under unusual circumstances, and experience life together over the course of one night. There is no great narrative or major action, but it is a lovely, and sometimes funny, story about the human experience.

For those who enjoy well-reviewed, award-winning independent and foreign films.
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