Israeli film ‚The Band’s Visit‘ marching to a New York stage

07.12.2011                      11.Kislev. 5772

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Israeli film 'The Band's Visit' marching to a New York stage

American producer Orin Wolf and director Maxwell Williams begun preparations, offer lead to Sasson Gabai, who starred in the film, and Mohammed Bakri.

The acclaimed 2007 Israeli film "The Band's Visit" is being adapted to the stage, and is expected to premiere in New York next year.
American producer Orin Wolf and director Maxwell Williams have already begun preparations, and reportedly have offered the lead role to both Sasson Gabai, who starred in the film, and Mohammed Bakri. The film grabbed eight Ophir prizes – the Israeli equivalent of an Oscar – and numerous international awards, and was Israel's submission for Foreign Language film in the 80th Academy Awards, but was rejected because it contained too much English. Gabai won the European Film Award for Best Actor for his role as Tawfiq Zacharya, the conductor of an Egyptian orchestra that arrives by mistake in a forgotten Israeli town in the Negev desert….