Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
The Band's Visit
The Band's Visit arrives in San Diego. (Sony Pictures Classics)The Band's Visit (opening February 29 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) stirred controversy last year when the Academy declared it ineligible in the Foreign Language category because too much of the film was in English. The Israeli-French-U.S. co-production offers a wry tale about communication in which an Egyptian band ends up lost in the wrong Israeli town, and find that the only language people have in common is English. So maybe the Academy's decision proves a fitting irony for this multi-national, multi-lingual production.