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by Eran Kolirin


Once, not long ago, a small Egyptian Police band arrived in Israel. They came to play at an initiation ceremony but, due to bureaucracy, bad luck, or for whatever reason, they were left stranded at the airport. They tried to manage on their own, only to find themselves in a desolate, almost forgotten, small Israeli town, somewhere in the heart of the desert. A lost band in a lost town. Not many people remember this. It wasn’t that important.

international title: The Band's Visit
original title: Bikur Hatizmoret
country: France, Israel
sales agent: Sophie Dulac Distribution
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Eran Kolirin
release date: GR 04/10/2007, GB 09/11/2007, FR 19/12/2007, SE 25/12/2007, NL 21/02/2008, IT 14/03/2008, FI 21/03/2008, ES 11/04/2008, BE 23/04/2008, DK 27/06/2008, IE 27/06/2008, PL 21/11/2008, HU 06/05/2010
cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Sasson Gabai, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour, Rubi Moscovich
cinematography by: Shai Goldman
film editing: Arik Lahav Leibovitz
art director: Eitan Levi
costumes designer: Doron Ashkenazi
music: Habib Shehadeh Hanna
producer: Eilon Ratzkovsky, Ehud Bleiberg, Yossi Uzrad, Koby Gal-raday, Guy Jacoel, Sophie Dulac, Michel Zana
production: Sophie Dulac Productions
distributor: Sophie Dulac Distribution, Paradiso Filmed Entertainment Belgique, Manga Films, Magyarhangya


main awards/selection

Cannes 2007 Un Certain Regard: Coup de cœur Jury Award
European Film Awards 2007 Miglior Attore (Sasson Gabai)
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2007 
Lama Film Festival 2007 
Athens Film Festival 2007 
Toronto International Film Festival 2007 
Copenhagen International Film Festival 2007 
Reykjavik International Film Festival 2007 
Warsaw International FilmFest 2007 
London Film Festival 2007 
Tokyo International Film Festival 2007 
São Paulo International Film Festival 2007 
Starz Denver Film Festival 2007 
Stockholm International Film Festival 2007 
St. Louis International Film Festival 2007 
New York City, New York 2007 
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2008 
Santa Barbara Film Festival 2008 
Portland International Film Festival 2008 
Green Light Film Festival (Iceland) 2008 
Film and Art Festival Two Riversides (Poland) 2008 
Morelia Film Festival 2008 
Cinemanila International Film Festival 2008 
Gunma Asia Film Festival (Japan) 2009 

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