The Band’s Visit

Eran Kolirin

A police band from Alexandria (Egypt) led by Tawfiq Zacharya ends up by mistake in a small Israeli town and is forced to spend the night in a restaurant and the flats of its owner (Dina) and her employee. The camaraderie that slowly blossoms between the Egyptians and the Israelis takes us on an insightful voyage, sometimes touchingly nostalgic, through complex human relations and consequent realisations. Sasson Gabai as Tawiq and Ronit Elkabetz as Dina wow you with their emotive performance. Music plays an important role in this film and Habib Shadah does not disappoint on that score.