Munich, 6 Feb 2013. Right before the start of this year’s Berlin Film Festival Beta Cinema picks up worldwide sales rights to THE FAREWELL PARTY, an Israeli-German co-production, written and directed by Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit.THE FAREWELL PARTY is a compassionate dark comedy about friendship and knowing when to say goodbye. 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.
Sharon Maymon's last film A MATTER OF SIZE, directed together with Erez Tadmor, was the Israeli blockbuster of the year and released worldwide. Paramount Studios is currently working on an American remake. Maymon and Granit's film SUMMER VACATION run in competition in the Short Films section of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
THE FAREWELL PARTY was produced by Pie Films Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren, 2Team Productions Haim Mecklberg and Estee Yacov-Mecklberg, United King Films Moshe Edri and Leon Edri, and Pallas Film, Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion Thanassis Karathanos. The film was supported by the Israeli Film Fund, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, and Yes satellite television. The script was selected for the Talent Project Market at the Berlinale 2010 and won the Highlight Pitch Award. Shooting has just wrapped, the film is currently in post-production.