The Cakemaker

After the death of his lover, Thomas heads to Israel – the birthplace of the man he adored. Despite prejudice at his German origins he becomes the pastry chef at a local café owned by the widow of the deceased Oran.

The Cakemaker
Germany, Israel 2017
  • Czech
113 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2027 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Business trips can bring a variety of surprises, but not the fact that certain encounters sometimes grow into serious affairs. After several months, however, the affair between Thomas, a pastry chef living in Berlin, and Oran, a married man from Israel, is cut short by a tragic event. Oran is killed in a car crash, and Thomas feels he has no choice but to seek out his lover’s widow, who is now bringing up their son alone. Despite initial mistrust at his German origins, grieving Anat gives the taciturn young man work in her café, unaware that the unnamed sorrow which connects them is for one and the same man. Debuting helmer Ofir Raul Graizer has submitted a feature melodrama whose strength rests in its subtle treatment of the love theme. Delicate and nearly imperceptible emotions are foregrounded, while painful secrets are only gradually revealed. This formally accomplished debut therefore manages to deliver a powerful statement on love that isn’t contingent upon sexual orientation.

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Director: Ofir Raul Graizer
Screenplay: Ofir Raul Graizer
Cinematography: Omri Aloni
Music: Dominique Charpentier
Sound: Avi Mizrahi
Editing: Michal Oppenheim
Production Design: Daniel Kossow, Yael Bibel
Producer: Itai Tamir
Co-production: Mathias Schwerbrock, Ofir Raul Graizer
Cast: Tim Kalkhof, Sarah Adler, Roi Miller, Zohar Strauss, Sandra Sade, Tamir Ben Yehuda, Stephanie Stremler

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

2017 – Ofir Raul Graizer (Award of Ecumenical Jury)

Jerusalem Film Festival

2017 – Ofir Raul Graizer (The Lia Van Leer Award)

Jerusalem Film Festival

2017 – Michal Oppenheim (Best Editing)

  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2027 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.