On Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., Cinema Art Bethesda will present the Moroccan film, The Midnight Orchestra (L’orchestre de minuit). The film is 114 minutes long and in Arabic, English and French with English subtitles. It was released in 2015.
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. Unfortunately their reunion is short-lived as Marcel dies shortly after arriving. Michael wants to bury his father in Israel, but soon realizes his father’s close connection to Casablanca. At the news of Marcel’s passing, a large number of Moroccans are overcome with grief. Stunned, Michael sets out on a journey to find the musicians who performed with his father and thus rediscover his own identity.
Hiring a taxi to go to the Jewish cemetery in Casablanca, Michael meets Ali, an eccentric driver, rough around the edges, who, upon learning that he is the son of Marcel Botbol refuses to be paid for the trip. He confesses to Michael that he was a true fan of his father’s music and offers to be Michael’s guide in his quest for the truth. Their offbeat adventures lead Michael to reunite the famous Midnight Orchestra.
The story is full of vibrant characters traumatized by the unexpected departure of Marcel Botbol, characters that we remember long after the moving and poignant finale.
(Text copied from Distributor Site.)