Bikur Ha-Tizmoret

2007 Comedy

Director: Eran Kolirin

Starring: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour


  • The Band's Visit has not provided any of the narrative payoffs we might have expected, but has provided something more valuable: An interlude involving two "enemies," Arabs and Israelis, that shows them both as only ordinary people with ordinary hopes, lives and disappointments. It has also shown us two souls with rare beauty.

    Roger Ebert - The Chicago Sun-Times

    29 November 2012

  • A lovely, smart and beautifully understated film.

    - The San Francisco Chronicle

    29 November 2012

  • Something marvelous happens as the filmmaker, in his first feature, expertly metes out small scenes of communication between people taught, for generations, to be wary of one another: This Band swings with the rhythms of hope.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly

    29 November 2012

  • It's a small, profoundly satisfying movie that keeps echoing long after it's over.

    Ty Burr - The Boston Globe

    29 November 2012

  • Both sweet-natured and sharply pointed, a film whose poignant, emotional effects and subtle acting sneak up on you.

    Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times

    29 November 2012


  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2007)

  • Best Director

    Athens International Film Festival (2007)

  • Best Actor

    Awards of the Israeli Film Academy (2007)

  • Eran Kolirin

    Cannes Film Festival (2007)

  • Best Foreign Language Film

    Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (2008)