Program 09: The Cakemaker
Directed by Ofir Raul Graizer
Shy Berlin baker Thomas (Tim Kalkhof) doesn’t take much notice when Oren (Roy Miller) first sets foot inside his café. But as Oren, an Israeli city planner in town on business, strikes up a conversation, the two hit it off and one thing rather quickly leads to another.
Though Oren is married, with a wife and child back in Jerusalem, he and Thomas begin a passionate love affair. They meet whenever Oren is in town, staying in Thomas’ apartment until it’s time for Oren to leave once again, bringing a box of his wife’s favorite cinnamon cookies back home with him.
But when their relationship comes to an unexpected end, Thomas makes the impulsive decision to travel to Israel in the hopes of finding Oren’s wife, Anat (Sarah Adler). Once there, he discovers that she runs a small café of her own and accepts a menial job at the establishment, without ever revealing his prior relationship with her husband. As the two grow closer, Thomas insinuates himself more and more into her life, and it seems only a matter of time before the truth comes out, and Thomas’ true connection to Anat is revealed.
Sensitively directed by Ofir Raul Graizer, The Cakemaker refrains from passing judgment on its characters’ sometimes foolish actions. The story develops into a profoundly moving exploration of heartbreak and loneliness (plus some delicious looking baked goods), and about the desperate lengths we’ll sometimes go to in order to hold on to what we’ve lost.
— Adam Lubitow
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- GERSHON KLEIN AWARD, BEST DIRECTOR (Ofir Raul Graize) – Berlin Jewish Film Festival
- GERSHON KLEIN AWARD, BEST ISRAELI FILM – Berlin Jewish Film Festival
- THE CRITICS PRIZE – Miami Jewish Film Festival
- JOHN SCHLESINGER AWARD – Provincetown Int’l Film Festival
- JURY AWARD, DU LYS D’OR PRIZE – Festival du Cinéma Israelién de Montréal
- THE LIA VAN LEER AWARD – Jerusalem Film Festival