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Cannes festival winner at Little Theatre

June 19, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Kalamazoo Film Society presents "The Band's Visit," a film about isolation, communication and the similarities in people from different backgrounds, Friday through Sunday, June 27-29, in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University.

Show times are 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday; 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 and $3 for students.

"The Band's Visit" is a touching film about a small Egyptian police band that travels to Israel to perform at the ceremonious opening of a new Arabic arts center. Due to a slight mishap, the members of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra find themselves stranded in a small Israeli town far from their original destination. In the quiet hours of their one-night encounter with unfamiliar surroundings, people and customs, the band members have a profound impact on the town, and the town on them.

Written and directed by Eran Kolirin and starring Sasson Gabai, Ronit Ekabetz, Saleh Bakri and Khalifa Natour, "The Band's Visit" is shown in Arabic, Hebrew and English with English subtitles. The 2007 film has a run time of 87 minutes and is rated PG-13 for offensive language.

The Little Theatre is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on WMU's East Campus. Free off-street parking is available behind the theatre. For more information, visit kalfilmsociety.net, contact the Kalamazoo Film Society at kalfilmsociety@yahoo.com, or call the Little Theatre movie line at (269) 387-8221.

Construction notice

Oliver Street, between Stadium Drive and Oakland Drive, will be closed to through traffic for reconstruction through the end of August. Parking Lot No. 11, behind the Little Theatre, will be accessible from a one-block section of Oliver that will remain open to Oakland Drive.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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