Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Mar 16th at 5:30 pm for The Band’s Visit at the Landmark E Street Cinema . Look for Brian wearing a full beard in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.
This gentle culture-clash comedy, the debut feature of writer/director Eran Kolirin, is winner of 8 Israeli Film Academy Awards. When the Alexandria, Egypt police band gets lost on their way to inaugurate an Arab Cultural Center, they end up stranded in a remote Israeli town, where the residents reluctantly put them up for the night. Sasson Gabai plays the band’s stoic conductor, Saleh Bakri a suave ladies man, and Ronit Elkabetz a sexy cafÃ© owner who finds them a challenge. With a deadpan humor reminiscent of Jacques Tati and Jim Jarmusch, the film sweetly embraces a hope for peace and understanding. (Fully subtitled)