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Published on Nov 6, 2007
http://www.thebandsvisit.com/ 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.
The movie was selected to be Israel's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008), but it was disqualified by AMPAS because more than 50% of film's dialogue was found to be in English, as opposed to Arabic and Hebrew.
The Movie Won 13 International Awards. Won Best Actor (Sasson Gabai),Best Actress (Ronit Elkabetz),Best Costumes (Doron Ashkenazi),Best Director (Eran Kolirin),Best Film,Best Music (Habib Shadah),Best Screenplay (Eran Kolirin) and Best Supporting Actor (Saleh Bakri) at Awards of the Israeli Film Academy 2007. Won Un Certain Regard - Jury Coup de Coeur (Eran Kolirin) at Cannes Film Festival 2007. Won Special Mention (Sasson Gabai & Ronit Elkabetz) at Flanders International Film Festival 2007. Won Audience Award at Sarajevo Film Festival 2007. Won Golden Eye (Eran Kolirin) and New Talent Award New Talent Award at Zurich Film Festival 2007.
SCR: Eran Kolirin DIR/SCR: Eran Kolirin PROD: Eilon Ratzkovsky, Ehud Bleiberg, Yossi Uzrad, Koby Gal-Raday, Guy Jacoel CO-PROD: Sophie Dulac, Michel Zana DP: Shai Goldman ED: Arik Lahav Leibovitz PROD DES: Eitan Levi MUS: Habib Shehadeh Hanna CAST: Sasson Gabai, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour, Ronit Elkabetz, Rubi Moscovich, Uri Gabriel