The Band’s Visit—the inspiration for the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical—observes cross-cultural absurdities. As the dramedy opens, an Egyptian police orchestra is arriving in Israel to play at the opening of an Arab Cultural Center. No delegation meets them at the airport, and no arrangements have been made for the band to reach their destination. Dressed in full regalia, the band members find a ride but end up in a remote town to wait for a bus to pick them up in the morning. They get to know the locals, making the unplanned detour well worth the trip.
“Like no fish-out-of-water film in recent memory, it leaves you with the hope that these fish will find their way back to water, and maybe learn to share that puddle before the desert dries it up entirely.” —Orlando Sentinel
“It’s a small, profoundly satisfying movie that keeps echoing long after it’s over.” —Boston Globe
“Not so much a story about Jews and Arabs finding a way to get along as it is a nonpolitical story about people discovering the humanity in others, in all their scared, awkward beauty.” —Times-Picayune