Sassy, poignant and full of heart this is a compassionate, off-beat comedy about life, death and friendship. Ezikiel (Ze’ev Revach) and his friends at a Jerusalem retirement home build a euthanasia machine to help their terminally ill friend. When rumours of the machine begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the group is faced with an emotional, ethical dilemma. Not least when Ezikiel’s own wife Levana (Levana Finklestein) asks for help. Based on the best-selling novel by Katharina Hagena, this darkly comic, but ultimately uplifting film, comments on our society’s obsession with youth and the wisdom of those who have lived full lives.
After premiering to rave reviews at Venice Film Festival, The Farewell Party went on to be nominated for the most Ophir Awards (Israel’s Oscars) in 2014 including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.