Kolirin makes ‘Exchange’

Director won plaudits for 'Band's Visit'

“The Band’s Visit” helmer Eran Kolirin is swapping politics for existentialism with his new project “The Exchange.”

Pic, which Kolirin has also written, follows a married man with kids who leaves work early one day. Spending time in his empty home without the commotion of his family around has a profound effect on him and he begins to experience life-changing emotions. He begins spending more and more time alone as he observes his life from a completely new perspective.

“He becomes addicted to looking at his own life out of context,” Kolirin told Variety. “It’s also a story about two people who, like two icebergs, slowly and gradually detach from one another without realizing it.”

Kolirin and Eilon Ratzkovsky are producing along with Karl Baumgartner for July August Prods. and Pandora Films.

The Match Factory will be handling international sales.

Kolirin’s “The Band’s Visit,” a warm-hearted comedy about an Egyptian military band troupe who find themselves lost in a remote Israeli village, was a fest fave when it preemed at Cannes in 2007. Pic was acquired for the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics.