The Band’s Visit
Film review by: Witney Seibold
Many critics complained that Eran Kolirin’s “The Band’s Visit” was considered ineligible for the 2007 Academy Awards. It’s a film about Egyptians in Israel, but neither the Egyptians nor the Israelis speak the others’ native language, so the bulk of the film is in their common language of English. According to the rules, that’s not foreign language enough. Would it have won the Academy Award had it been eligible? Perhaps. It is very good little film.