Kneading dough is an act of love in all its messy complications in Israeli filmmaker Ofir Raul Graizer’s nuanced debut drama about love and loss. Broaching themes of betrayal, loneliness and exile, The Cakemaker gently explores the primal need for companionship as it transcends identity, orientation and the conventional understanding of both.
After the sudden death of his long-distance lover, married Israeli businessman Oren, Thomas leaves his Berlin bakery behind and travels to Jerusalem, where he makes himself indispensable to Oren’s grief-worn widow, Anat, who runs a struggling café. Thomas’s delectable if not-quite-kosher confections delight new customers, and the pastry-making lessons he gives Anat—unaware of his affair with her husband—draw her to him. Their growing friendship becomes a flashpoint for the tension between Anat, who is not religious, and her strictly observant brother Motti. Will it lead to the exposure of his secret?
Producer: Mathias Schwerbrock, Itai Tamir | Editor: Michal Oppenheim | Cinematographer: Omri Aloni | Screenwriter: Ofir Raul Graizer
Cast: Zohar Shtrauss, Sarah Adler, Sandra Sade, Tim Kalkhof, Stephanie Stremler
Additional Countries: Germany