THE FAREWELL PARTY

Dir. Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon (93min, Israel, 2014)
Hebrew with English Subtitles
Narrative
Mid-Atlantic Premiere

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. Winner of Best Cinematography and Best Actor, 2015 Ophirs.

[W]e 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.” -Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon

Co-presented by Gather The Jews.

Saturday, February 28, 7:00 pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD

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Sunday, March 1, 5:15 pm
DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC

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Bio
talgranitTal Granit was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem. With regular collaborator Sharon Maymon, she co-directed the short film Laharog Dvora  and the feature Summer Vacation.

 

 

MaymonSharon Maymon was born in Ramla, Israel. His debut feature as co-director was A Matter of Size. He has since collaborated with Tal Granit on the short film Laharog Dvora and the feature Summer Vacation.

Press
“The provocative issue of euthanasia is addressed with wisdom, sensitivity and a welcome strain of humor…[In the film’s] choice to sidestep religion and politics, and instead adopt a humanistic perspective on the right to die and the sorrowful ritual of separation, this is an original work of gentle militancy.” -The Hollywood Reporter