The Midnight Orchestra


Manuel Pacheo Integrated Learning Center (ILC), Room 130
1500 E. University Blvd.
85719 Tucson , AZ


Wed, 02/06/2019 - 7:00pm to Mon, 05/23/2022 - 7:55pm


Part of the Spring 2019 Spring Series: Tales of the Middle 

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From Jewish Renaissance -

Wall Street whizz kid Michael Abitbol returns to his childhood home in Casablanca to be reunited with his elderly father: legendary band leader and local hero Marcel Botbol, from whom he is estranged. Botbol is returning there himself for the first time since leaving his native city and adoring fans for Israel in 1973, when the Yom Kippur War caused an [anti-Semitic] backlash in Morocco. But no sooner do they meet again than tragedy strikes and the son must engage with officials of the local Jewish community to bury his father. But first Michael must fulfil his father’s last wish – to reunite the band and this becomes an overwhelming desire to do so for one last, transcendent gig.

It's Michael's dogged pursuit of these eccentric and impossible, even dangerous old men that drives the narrative. A pimp and gangster, complete with moll, an eccentric millionaire who prefers life as a beggar and the harmonica player confined in an asylum since he jumped into the nighttime [harbor] swearing he heard the midnight orchestra playing out at sea.

-Judi Herman

Jérôme Cohen-Olivar

Country of Origin 

French, Arabic, English

Year/ Length 
2015/ 114 min

Saffo Papantonopoulou