Opening Gala Film
The Midnight Orchestra (” L’orchestre de minuit”),
Morocco (2015)- Arabic, French, Hebrew with English Subtitles
In 1974, the celebrated musician Marcel Botbol suddenly left his native land of Morocco under mysterious circumstances. His disappearance led to the breakup of his beloved band, The Midnight Orchestra. Thirty years later, Marcel’s son Michael is summoned to Casablanca by his father to arrange a reunion of sorts. The journey uncovers the special bridge that music has in the Sephardic world to join Jews and Moslems in harmony.
The film is replete with hilarious scenes and poignant moments set against an unforgettable message of tolerance and coexistence that once was.