23rd Festival Films

The Cakemaker (Der Kuchenmacher)

© Laila Films
© Laila Films

Tue. March 12, 2019 8:00 p.m.
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco
113 min. Israel, Germany (2017) BD.
English, Hebrew, and German w/ English subtitles

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Director: Ofir Raul Graizer
Starring: Tim Kalkhof, Sarah Adler, Zohar Shtrauss
US Distributors: Strand Releasing

Israels official entry to the 2019 Academy Awards. Winner of seven 2018 Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress.

Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who has frequent business visits in Berlin. When Oren dies in a car crash in Israel, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking for answers regarding his death. Under a fabricated identity, Thomas infiltrates into the life of Anat, his lovers newly widowed wife, who owns a small Café in downtown Jerusalem. Thomas starts to work for her and create German cakes and cookies that bring life into her Café. Thomas finds himself involved in Anats life in a way far beyond his anticipation, and to protect the truth he will stretch his lie to a point of no return.