Israel strikes up ‘Band’ for Oscar

Korlirin film wins big at Ophir Awards

TEL AVIV — Eran Kolirin’s “The Band’s Visit” was the big winner at Thursday’s Israeli Film Academy Awards, known locally as the Ophir Awards, taking home eight prizes including best film and director.

The win automatically makes the pic Israel’s foreign-language Oscar submission.  

Pic, about an Egyptian police band that gets lost while travelling in Israel, has already picked up a host of awards since its world preem at Cannes, where it won the Jury Coup Du Coeur in the Un Certain Regard section.

Sony Pictures Classics picked up rights to the U.S., U.K. and Canada at Cannes, in a deal reputed to be the richest ever for an Israeli feature.



“The Band’s Visit”


Eran Kolirin for “The Band’s Visit”


Zohar Sela for “Beaufort”


Eran Kolirin  for “The Band’s Visit”


Ofer Inov for “Beaufort”


Ronit Elkabetz for her role in “The Band’s Visit”


Sasson Gabai for his role in “The Band’s Visit”

Supporting Actor

Saleh Bakri for his role in “The Band’s Visit”

Supporting Actress

Anat Waxman for her role in “Noodle”


Habib Shadah for “The Band’s Visit”

Art Direction

Miguel Markin for “Beaufort”


Doron Ashkenazi for “The Band’s Visit”


Israel David and Ashi Milo for “Beaufort”

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