Director: Ofir Raul Graizer
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: Germany, Israel
Running Time: 104 min
Language: German and Hebrew with English subtitles
Sponsored by: David and Helen Pudlin; Pam and Tony Schneider; PJFF Committee and Screening Committee in Honor of Phyllis Fischer
*STUDENTS CAN ATTEND THIS FILM FOR FREE! Please present valid student ID in advance or at the door and we can get you in. Students get free admission to our four Young & Independent films (Holy Air, Family Commitments, Love Is Thicker Than Water, The Bloom of Yesterday) as well!
Tomas (Tim Kalhof), a talented pastry chef, leads a simple and solitary life running a small Berlin café. His daily routine goes on uninterrupted until Oren (Roy Miller), an international businessman from Israel, begins frequenting his café whenever he’s waylaid in Berlin for work. The two strangers begin a casual romance that quickly morphs into a whirlwind affair, punctuated by Oren’s frequent trips home to spend time with his wife and son. But after their latest tryst, Tomas finds himself unable to reach Oren. Growing more anxious, Tomas visits Oren’s Berlin office, where he learns from his former secretary that Oren was killed in a car crash. Unable to accept the loss of his lover, Tomas resolves to keep Oren in his life the only way he can: by traveling to Israel and insinuating himself into the lives of Oren’s widow, Anat (Sarah Adler), and her son, Itai (Tamir Ben Yehuda).
Concealing his identity, Tomas begins to work for Anat, who reluctantly hires him to help out in her café. Gradually, Tomas earns Anat’s trust through a combination of his advanced pastry skills, which quickly yields a lucrative surge in the café’s business. Privately, he proves himself to be a reliable confidant and buffer for Anat, who, as a non-religious widowed mother, finds herself the subject of much scrutiny from her orthodox brother-in-law. Through Anat, Tomas glimpses a life he never could have imagined for himself, one filled with companionship, love, and family. As the grieving pair continues to grow closer, the lines dividing longing and loneliness, and of right and wrong, begin to blur.
Complex, torrid, and expertly acted, THE CAKEMAKER is a suspenseful and emotionally charged rollercoaster ride from start to finish.
For Fans of: Dramas, foreign cinema, German cinema, Israeli cinema, LGBT cinema, romance, the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Official Selection: Jerusalem Film Festival and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Awards: Haggiag Award for Best Editing and The Lia Van Leer Award at Jerusalem Film Festival
Reviews: “[A] humane, heart-kneading debut feature…a tender, tactile and just-sweet-enough story of hidden love, challenged faith and unwittingly shared grief…” (Guy Lodge, Variety)
“Familiar ingredients give rise to an impressive drama from a first-time Israeli filmmaker.” (Sarah Ward, ScreenDaily)
“Delicate and moving…a masterful touch in handling material that could have easily ventured into pure melodrama in the wrong hands…heartbreaking performances.” (Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist)