The Farewell Party

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Israel | 2014 | 90 minutes | Sharon Maymon, Tal Granit

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A poignant, provocative comedy about a group of retirement home residents who, hoping to give their peers the choice to die with dignity, create a homemade self-euthanasia machine, only to have word spread around the community.

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Leave it to Israeli director Sharon Maymon (2009’s A Matter of Size) and his cohort Tal Granit to find so much humor in a story about disease, euthanasia, and other end-of-life concerns. A narrative brimming with humanity and heart and starring a dream cast of septuagenarian comic talent, the film continually riffs on the theme of who has the right to play God. Yehezkel, an amateur inventor, lives in a retirement home and wants only to help his fellow residents ease their worries as they confront their own mortality, but none of his makeshift contraptions can help terminally ill Max, whose life is being achingly prolonged by uncaring doctors. As necessity is the mother of all invention, Max’s wife Yana asks Yehezkel to invent what many would deem unethical—a self-euthanasia that would allow her husband to die with dignity. Enlisting in the help of his dementia-stricken wife, a retired vet, and an ex-cop, Yehezkel meets her challenge, but when word of the “mercy-killing machine” spreads and requests start coming in, he and his cohorts question how far they can extend this illegal enterprise.

Director Biography
Tal Granit, born in Tel Aviv in 1969, graduated from the Sam Spiegel School with honors. Sharon Maymon, born in Ramle in 1973, is a Camera Obscura film school graduate. Tal Granit & Sharon Maymon co-wrote and directed three films together prior to The Farewell Party, including Mortgage (2006), which won the Best Drama Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival. Sharon also co-wrote and co-directed (with Erez Tadmor) the feature film A Matter of Size, which premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

Sponsored by KING 5, AARP of Washington

  • Director: Sharon Maymon, Tal Granit
  • Principal Cast: Ze’ev Revah, Levana Finkelstein, Alisa Rozen, Ilan Dar, Rafael Tabor
  • Country: Israel, Germany
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Talia Kleinhandler, Osnat Keren, Haim Mecklberg, Estee Yacov-Mecklberg, Thanassis Karathanos
  • Screenplay: Sharon Maymon, Tal Granit
  • Cinematographers: Tobias Hochstein
  • Editors: Einat Glaser Zarhin
  • Music: Avi Belleli
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Israeli Film Academy 2014 (Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, Best Sound), Haifa International Film Festival 2014 (Best Actress)
  • Filmography: Summer Vacation (2012), A Matter of Size (Sharon Maymon, 2009)
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Has Sub Titles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Beta Cinema