Sunday 10th February 8:30 PM - Alhambra
The Band's Visit
DetailsDirector: Eran Kolirin Country: Israel
Cert: 12A Year: 2007 Length: 87 minsLanguage: Arabic/Hebrew/English
'A tiny gem, but completely irresistible.' (reel.com) An Egyptian police band is stranded in a small Israeli town, unable to contact their embassy. Café owner Ronit Elkabetz persuades some of her regulars to take in the conspicuously overdressed, Arabic-speaking strangers. What follows is a gentle comedy of Arab-Israeli relations as the guests become embroiled in the lives of their hosts, centring on a fine performance by Sasson Gabai as the bandleader whose stern countenance gradually crumbles.
Director and screenwriter Eran Kolirin handles the delicate shades of politics with subtle tones.