Toronto: Venice Winner 'The Farewell Party' Sells Wide
The euthanasia comedy won the Venice Days People's Choice award
Buyers are hot for Israeli euthanasia comedy The Farewell Party, with Beta Cinema locking up multiple territory deals ahead of the film's premiere in Toronto.
Beta sold the film to Germany (Neue Visionen), Benelux (Cineart), Switzerland (Frenetic), Austria (Polyfilm) and Australia/New Zealand (Jiff), with talks underway for France, Spain, Italy and Japan.
The feature from directors Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit is set in a Jerusalem retirement home in which a group of friends 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 ethnical and emotional bind.
The Farewell Party premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Venice Days People's Choice award.