2014: 11th edition

august 27
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27/08/2014 h 22:00Perla 2
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29/08/2014 h 17:00Perla
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05/09/2014 h 22:00Perla 2
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Official Selection
by Tal Granit & Sharon Maymon
world premiere
Israel, Germany, 2014, 93', color, DCP

screenplay Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon
cinematography Tobias Hochstein
editing Einat Glaser-Zarhin
music Avi Belleli
art direction Arad Sawat
cast Zeev Revah (Yehezkel)
Levana Finkelstein (Levana), Alisa Rozen (Yana)
Ilan Dar (Dr. Daniel), Rafael Tabor (Rafi)

producers Talia Kleinhendler, Osnat Handelsman-Keren
Haim Mecklberg, Estee Yacov-Mecklberg
Thanassis Karathanos, Karl Baumgartner
Moshe Edery, Leon Edery
productions Pie Films, 2Team productions
co-productions Pallas Film
Twenty Twenty Vision, United King Films

with the support of The Israel Film Fund
The Jerusalem Film and Television Fund
Reshet, Yes Satellite Television
MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung

world sales Beta Cinema
Gruenwalder Weg 28d, 82041 Oberhaching, Muenchen, Germany
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press office Premiere
Annabel Hutton
Ph. +44 7710 199 324
Aneeka Verma
Ph. +44 7974 086 665
London: +44 20 7292 8330

A group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home build a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of the machine begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with an emotional dilemma.
"The Farewell Party deals with separation. Separation from someone you love, separation from yourself, the separation from life and the right to choose how it all ends. [...] In our process of saying good bye to a loved one, we discovered that when the body fails and the mind remains lucid, self-irony and humor remain the best way to cope with the prospect of death. In our films we try to deal with contemporary social issues, which are often controversial." [Tal Granit & Sharon Maymon]

In a perversely brilliant manner, the boundary between faith and unbelief, between God and man, gets blurred in this movie. A group of freethinkers who usurp God's competences in their own way believes in the Neverland, the better world. It's hard to believe that a comedy about dying can be so charming, so witty and even bring some consolation. But this is exactly the case here. And it is not due to the very notion of euthanasia, but because the characters of this movie are together all the time, in their lives and in their departure. Only one old woman who believes she speaks on the phone with God himself, is always curious about what still awaits her, although "you can't teach an old dog new tricks!" [Tadeusz Sobolewski]

SHARON MAYMON (1973, Ramle) graduated from the Camera Obscura College of Arts in Tel Aviv. After making a number of short films, she co-directed her first feature, A Matter of Size, with Erez Tadmor. The film made the rounds of many international festivals and won several awards. In 2006 she teamed up with TAL GRANIT (1969, Tel Aviv), a graduate of Jerusalem's Sam Spiegel Film School, to write and direct Mortgage, winner of the Best Drama Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival. They partnered again on two shorts, To Kill a Bumblebee in 2009 and Summer Vacation in 2012. In 2010, the duo won the Best Pitch Award at the Berlinale for the script of "My Sweet Euthanasia", on which The Farewell Party is based.

2014 Mita Tova (The Farewell Party)
2012 Hofesh Gadol (Summer Vacation, short)
2009 Laharog Dvora (To Kill a Bumblebee, short)
2006 Mortgage (tv movie)

2009 Sippur Gadol (A Matter of Size)
2000 Holes (short)
1998 Do You Love Me? (short)


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