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The Cakemaker

A gay German baker and an Israeli widow find comfort in their shared grief, in this tale of loneliness, complex desire, and lots of cakes.


Dir-Scr Ofir Raul Graizer
Prod Itai Tamir, Mathias Schwerbrock
With Tim Kalkhof, Sarah Adler, Roy Miller
Sales Films Boutique

An impressively classy debut about a grief-stricken Israeli widow and gay cakemaker from Berlin who share their sorrow over the death of the man they both loved. When Israeli businessman Oren stops at Thomas’ café while working in Germany, an instant connection sparks a long distance affair, despite the acknowledgement that Oren has a wife and child in Jerusalem. After a blissful relationship of more than a year, Oren doesn’t return and all calls and texts abruptly stop. Thomas travels to Israel to discover the devastating reason why. Grieving, he seeks comfort from Oren’s bereaved widow (the superb Sarah Adler) without revealing that he knew her husband. Ofir Raul Graizer directs his beautiful screenplay with a subtlety that avoids judgement, instead observing with great sensitivity how grief and desire work. Their alchemical effect is not dissimilar to the magical cakes that Thomas bakes from flour, yeast, sugar and butter.

Tricia Tuttle

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