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Vail Symposium closes food and film series with Israeli movie

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Special to the DailyIn "The Band's Visit," eight Egyptian members of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrive in Israel to perform at an Arab cultural center with one snag " there is no welcoming party.
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The Israeli Desert. An Egyptian band. A charming soundtrack. Israeli food. Sound like a recipe for fun? The Vail Symposium concludes the Beaver Creek Food and Film Series Wednesday with the Israeli film, “The Band’s Visit.”

Film critic Walter Chaw said, “If I had seen it in time, this would have been one of my top 10 films of 2007.”

Critics and film-goers worldwide have loved and raved about this film.



“Still in theatrical release across the country and receiving rave reviews from big theatres, we are thrilled to close our Beaver Creek Summer Food and Film Series with an international audience favorite, ‘The Band’s Visit,'” said Fraidy Aber, executive director of the Vail Symposium.

When Egypt’s Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra flies to Israel to perform at the initiation ceremony of an Arab culture center, they are left stranded at the airport due to bureaucracy, bad luck, or whatever reason. They try to manage on their own, only to find themselves in a desolate, small Israeli town, somewhere in the heart of the desert.



This light and funny film is director and script writer Eran Kolirin’s first feature, which was welcomed with 30 awards and eight additional nominations, including the Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the Copenhagen International Film Festival, the Sarajevo Film Festival, the Warsaw International Film Festival and Munich Film Festival.

“It’s the most hopeful of films in its suggestion that the possibility for peaceful coexistence comes somehow from the recognition of a collective unconscious,” Chaw said.

A mainstay of the Food and Film Series, Chaw has become known in Vail for his insightful commentary and the many connections he draws from viewing more than 400 films per year. Chaw is the senior critic at filmfreakcentral.net. He has been published in L.A. Weekly, among other alternative weeklies across the country, and is syndicated in over 50 small press publications.



“The film is brief moments of pleasure blooming in the middle of desolation and nostalgia; the laughter, I think, comes from a recognition of the shape of our own regrets,” Chaw said.

Walter Chaw will lead a discussion following the film. There will be a small tasting of Israeli fare from Foods of Vail. Tickets are available at the Vilar box office, or by calling 970-845-TIXS.

What: “The Band’s Visit”

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Cost: Tickets are $11, and are available at the Vilar Box Office, or by calling 970-845-TIXS. The film is followed by a food tasting and a discussion with film critic Walter Chaw.


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