Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired all North American rights to co-writer/directors Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit’s euthanasia comedy “The Farewell Party,” a Toronto 2014 premiere that went on to win Venice Days’ People’s Choice award, and four Ophir Awards including Best Actor for acclaimed Israeli comedian Ze’ev Revach.
Produced by Pie Films, 2Team production, in co-production with Pallas Film, Twenty Twenty Vision and United King Films, the film, per Goldwyn, tells “a unique, compassionate and unlikely funny story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who 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 a life and death dilemma.” The cast includes Revach, Levana Finkelshtein, Aliza Rozen, Ilan Dar and Rafael Tabor.
Dubbed “Mita Tova” in Hebrew, the dramedy met warm acclaim during its 2014 festival run, with Variety writing that “offshore, positive word of mouth should smooth the way for this compassionate handling of inherently depressing material.”
“The Farewell Party,” which Goldwyn plans to release this spring, received a total of 14 Ophir nominations–that’s Israeli’s Academy Awards equivalent.