Midnight Orchestra (L'orchestre de Minuit)

, 2015

“It’s a mystery, a buddy movie, a Jewish reminiscence… a little gem of a film.” – St Louis Jewish Light

Michael Abitbol left Casablanca as a child, leaving behind simmering racial tension and antisemitism. Years pass before he finally returns to his hometown to reunite with his estranged father, and to make peace with his past. When death claims his father before their long-anticipated reunion, Michael is tasked with conducting his burial. Aided by an eccentric cab driver and a host of other quirky characters, he finds himself searching for the former members of his father’s band, seeking to fulfil the old man’s dying wish. The journey unexpectedly transforms his life forever, as Michael finds friendship and rediscovers his cultural roots. Expounding on Moroccan-Jewish life and generational divides with humor and heart, and with a joyous ethnic soundtrack, Midnight Orchestra is winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Montréal World Film Festival.

100 mins / English, Arabic, French (English subtitles)

Director — Jérôme Cohen-Olivar