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‘Band’s Visit’ is part of Green Valley series

Ronit Elkabetz, left, and Sasson Gabai in “The Band’s Visit” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Beth Shalom Temple Center in Green Valley will be a satellite site for the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival in January.

“We are excited that the Tucson International Film Festival will reach from SaddleBrooke to Green Valley,” says Katie Spector, assistant director of Jewish life and learning at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, explaining that the new site will help the festival reach a larger audience.

This fall, BSTC is running its own Jewish Film Festival with three Sunday afternoon films.

On Sept. 22, BSTC will screen “The Band’s Visit.” In this Israeli comedy-drama, the eight Egyptian musicians who comprise the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrive by mistake in a small town in Israel’s Negev Desert. The band settles at a restaurant owned by Dina (Ronit Elkabetz) and begins to forge some unexpected connections.

In the Oct. 27 film, “Belle & Sebastian,” a boy and his dog try to foil a Nazi plan to capture French resistance fighters on the French-Swiss border.

The BSTC festival concludes Nov. 24 with “Run Boy Run.” Srulik, an 8-year-old boy, flees from the Warsaw ghetto in 1942 and tries to survive in the forest. He poses as a Christian orphan, but his Jewish identity is endangered. The film is an adaptation of the novel by Uri Orlev, based on the life of Yoram Fridman.

All films are at 1:30 p.m. at BSTC, 1751 N. Rio Mayo. $5 per person; free popcorn and beverages. RSVP to or 648-6690.