Berlin 2013: Beta Takes Israeli Dark Comedy 'The Farewell Party'

The story follows a group of friends at a retirement home who build a euthanasia machine for their terminally-ill friend.

BERLIN - Beta Cinema has picked up worldwide sales rights to the dark Israeli comedy The Farewell Party and will be selling the film to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin.

The comedy is set in a Jerusalem retirement home in which a group a friends together build a self-euthanasia machine to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of the machine begin to spread, more and more people begin to ask for their help, putting the group in an emotional dilemma.

Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit co-wrote and co-directed The Farewell Party, which was set up as a Israeli-German co-production. Maymon's last film A Matter of Size, co-directed with Erez Tadmor, was an Israeli blockbuster and Paramount has already picked up U.S. remake rights.

The Farewell Party was one of the scripts picked for the Berlin Film Festival's Talent Project Market in 2010 and won the Highlight Pitch Award. The film is currently in post.