Band’s Visit, The (2007): Eran Kolirin’s Tale, Starring Ronit Elkabetz, Sweeps Israeli Oscars (Ophir Awards)

September 21, 2007–Eran Kolirin’s “The Band’s Visit” was the big winner at Israeli Film Academy Awards, known locally as the Ophir Awards, taking eight prizes including best film and director.

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

The film, about an Egyptian police band that gets lost while travelling in Israel, has already picked up many 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 said to be the richest ever for an Israeli feature.

The Winners Are:

Film

“The Band’s Visit”

Director

Eran Kolirin for “The Band’s Visit”

Editing

Zohar Sela for “Beaufort”

Screenplay

Eran Kolirin for “The Band’s Visit”

Cinematography

Ofer Inov for “Beaufort”

Actress

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

Actor

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”

Music

Habib Shadah for “The Band’s Visit”

Art Direction

Miguel Markin for “Beaufort”

Costumes

Doron Ashkenazi for “The Band’s Visit”

Sound

Israel David and Ashi Milo for “Beaufort”