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Strand Releasing acquires drama 'The Cakemaker'

The film had its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Israeli filmmaker Ofir Raul Graizer’s The Cakemaker from Films Boutique.

Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu of Strand Releasing and Jean-Christophe Simon and Valeska Neu of Films Boutique negotiated the deal at this year’s German Films Previews at Karlovy Vary.

The Cakemaker centres on a German baker, Thomas, who falls in love with an Israeli businessman. When the businessman dies in an accident, Thomas travels from Germany to Israel to connect with the man’s wife and a bond is formed.

The film has also been acquired in Japan (Shin Nippon), Spain (Karma), Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay (Mirada) and Hungary (Cirko Films).

The Cakemaker is an Israeli-German co-production, produced by Itai Kamir from Laila Films and Mathias Schwerbrock at Film Base Berlin.

“We’re thrilled to have this amazing film and hope that
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‘The Cakemaker’ Set for North American Roll-Out With Strand Releasing (Exclusive)

‘The Cakemaker’ Set for North American Roll-Out With Strand Releasing (Exclusive)
Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Ofir Raul Graizer’s melodrama “The Cakemaker,” which world premiered in competition at Karlovy Vary.

Sold by Berlin-based sales company Films Boutique, “The Cakemaker” marks the feature debut of Graizer and follows a young German baker who sets out to meet the widow of his lover, an Israeli man who just died in a car crash.

The Cakemaker,” which was produced by Itai Tamir at Laila Films (“Policeman”) and Mathias Schwerbrock at Film Base Berlin (“The Interrogation”), was one of the six work-in-progress titles presented at the Jerusalem Film Festival’s Pitch Point industry sidebar, where it won the Cinelab award.

The deal was done between Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu of Strand Releasing and Jean-Christophe Simon and Valeska Neu of Films Boutique at this year’s German Films Previews.

“We’re thrilled to have this amazing film and hope that it has crossover potential in the American
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Karlovy Vary: Films Boutique Kicks in Sales on ‘The Cakemaker,’ ‘Los Perros’ (Exclusive)

Berlin-based Films Boutique, a sales company that is belying its moniker with breakouts such as “Divines” and “On Body and Soul,” has kicked in sales on Karlovy Vary Competition entry “The Cakemaker” and “Los Perros,” which screens in Another View.

Of other Films Boutique titles, Indian Miransha Naik’s “Juze” plays out of competition, while German Valeska Grisebach’s “Western,” world premiering in Cannes Un Certain Regard, is in Horizons. That makes for a four-picture presence – among the largest of any sales company at Karlovy Vary.

“We try to grow with the films and directors we represent,” said Films Boutique international sales executive Louis Balsan, who will attend Karlovy Vary with Gabor Greiner who oversees acquisitions. “That means we might now have more in bigger festival sections,” Balsan added.

Israeli writer-director Ofir Raul Graizer’s feature debut, “The Cakemaker,” which world premieres at Karlovy Vary, turns on Thomas, played by German TV actor Tim Kalkhof, who
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Films Boutique to sell Ofir Raul Graizer's 'The Cakemaker'

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Drama will explore gay relationships as well as connections between Israel and Germany.

Berlin-based Films Boutique is to handle international sales on the Israeli-born film editor Ofir Raul Graizer’s directorial debut The Cakemaker to be produced by Mathias Schwerbrock’s Film Base Berlin with Israel’s Laila Films.

Schwerbrock told ScreenDaily that the film is planned to go into production this November/December with four days shooting in Berlin and up to two weeks in Jerusalem.

Graizer’s screenplay centres on a young Berliner – a cakemaker by profession – who travels to Israel after the sudden death of his architect lover to learn more about his family background where he begins a relationship with the man’s widow.

“It is an intimate portrait of gay relationships, but also shows the possibility of developing a second relationship,” Schwerbrock explained. “The film also addresses the relationship between Israel and Germany.”

Graizer, who participated in the Nipkow Programm residency in Berlin
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Films Boutique to handle Ofir Raul Graizer's 'The Cakemaker'

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Drama will explore gay relationships as well as connections between Israel and Germany.

Berlin-based Films Boutique is to handle international sales on the Israeli-born film editor Ofir Raul Graizer’s directorial debut The Cakemaker to be produced by Mathias Schwerbrock’s Film Base Berlin with Israel’s Laila Films.

Schwerbrock told ScreenDaily that the film is planned to go into production this November/December with four days shooting in Berlin and up to two weeks in Jerusalem.

Graizer’s screenplay centres on a young Berliner – a cakemaker by profession – who travels to Israel after the sudden death of his architect lover to learn more about his family background where he begins a relationship with the man’s widow.

“It is an intimate portrait of gay relationships, but also shows the possibility of developing a second relationship,” Schwerbrock explained. “The film also addresses the relationship between Israel and Germany.”

Graizer, who participated in the Nipkow Programm residency in Berlin
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Locarno: Drama On Auschwitz Founder Rudolf Hoess Being Touted As First Time An Israeli Director Will Give Voice To The Perpetrator (Exclusive)

Locarno: Drama On Auschwitz Founder Rudolf Hoess Being Touted As First Time An Israeli Director Will Give Voice To The Perpetrator (Exclusive)
Locarno – Israel and Germany are co-producing “The Interrogation,” a drama based on the autobiography of Auschwitz founder and commander Rudolf Hoess, held responsible for 1.1 million deaths. Israeli company Daroma Productions says the film marks “the first time a Jewish director deals with the Holocaust and gives a voice to the perpetrator.”

The director is Israeli filmmaker and film scholar Erez Pery, making his feature film debut. Pery also wrote the screenplay, based on Hoess’s book “Commandant of Auschwitz.” He is artistic director of the Cinema South International Film Festival in Israel and author of a Ph.D dissertation titled “The Cinematic Logic of the Nazi Death Camp and Its Influence on Modern Post War Cinema.”

Daroma Productions, which is among companies in attendance at the Locarno Film Festival’s First Look on Israeli Cinema spotlight, is co-producing this potentially powerful movie with Mathias Schwerbrock’s Film Base Berlin.

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German Co-prods Woo the World

Germany has long played a significant role in international co-productions, but in recent months clear commercial interests as well as new funding initiatives have boosted collaboration with partners from Eastern Europe to Turkey to Russia to India.

Mathias Schwerbrock of Film Base Berlin is co-producing Indian-born director Prashant Nair’s quirky, 1980s-set Hindi-language comedy “Umrika,” about a young Indian boy trying to find out what happened to his older brother, who set out years earlier for America.

Film Base Berlin is co-producing the $1.5 million Umrika with Jim Birmant of Paris-based Bliss and Ajai Rai and Alan McAlex’s Mumbai-based Jar Pictures, which recently boarded the project. The producers are aiming to secure financing support from Germany, France and India in addition to private equity. The pic is scheduled to shoot in India and the U.S. later this year, with post-production to be done in Germany and France.

Schwerbrock says
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Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2 to screen at Berlin International Film Festival

Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2 to screen at Berlin International Film Festival
Don—The King is Back (Don 2) directed by Farhan Akhtar will have a special screening at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. The festival announced on Monday the first five films for Competition and films to be screened at Berlinale Special.

Don 2 is an Indo-German co-production and will release in theatres in India on December 23, 2011. Mathias Schwerbrock of Germany is associated with the film as a co-producer along with Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani and Gauri Khan.

The other films to be screened at Berlinale Special are: documentary Marley by Kevin Macdonald from Great Britain and the USA, the Spanish film La chispa de la vida by Álex de la Iglesia, Guy Maddin’s Keyhole from Canada, as well as Werner Herzog’s documentary series Death Row from the USA.

The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival will be held from February 9-19, 2012.

The first five titles in Competition:

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More on Don 2

Release of Don 2 – The Chase Continues is a little under half a year away, but we are guilty as charged about the palpable excitement with which we juice up every teeny bit of news we get regarding Farhan Akhtar’s directorial venture. While last week we shared with you 5 awesome things about Don 2, and this week here we are with more information on the film starring the King of Bollywood – Shah Rukh Khan.

While Shah Rukh, Priyanka, Boman and Om Puri continue to essay the roles of their characters Don, Roma, Vardhaan and Malik respectively, Lara Dutta and Kunal Kapoor are the new additions to the fiery ensemble, playing the characters Lara and Sameer Ali Chaudry respectively. While the first part concentrated on Don’s rule in South–Asia, the sequel transports the team to Europe where Don conspires to reign as an international kingpin magnifying the grandeur and scale of the film.
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Film review: 'Aimee & Jaguar'

The personal, political and sexual underpinnings of Max Farberbock's feature debut "Aimee & Jaguar" are endlessly fascinating and shrewdly realized.

The opening film of the 49th Berlin Film Festival is most effective in miniature, capturing the emotional complexities of the relationship between two women in Nazi Germany. But it loses focus when the director attempts to bind their story to a larger context.

A curious amalgam of the 1930s films of Josef von Sternberg (in its sexual flamboyance) and the 1940s work of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (in the stylized air raids that recall such films as "One of Our Aircraft Is Missing"), the film charts the astonishing true story of the quietly tragic love affair of Felice Schragenheim and Lilly Wust during a furious wartime stretch in late 1943 and early 1944.

Adapted from a book by journalist Erica Fischer, Farberbock traces the deep erotic attraction between the women. What transforms their story into something more remarkable is their contrasting position in German society.

Dark, feral Felice (Maria Schrader), code named Jaguar, is a Jewish freedom fighter working in the underground, providing Allied intelligence officials with Nazi codes.

Blond, angular Lilly (Juliane Kohler), called Aimee, is her opposite, the bourgeois wife of a prominent Nazi officer.

On New Year's Eve, while her husband (Detlev Buck) is diverted by the amorous attentions of another woman, Lilly surrenders to the sexually aggressive Felice, setting in motion their all-consuming sexual relationship.

The film is best at dramatizing not simply the taboos their relationship encounters but the deep affection they share. A sense of power and ecstasy is evident in their spontaneity and flow of movement as they desperately seek moments of truth and beauty during a frightening time.

Farberbock, whose first three films were done for German television, is alert to the gradations of their relationship, depicting anticipation, build-up and disruption as he catalogs the arc of their relationship.

If that were all the film was, it would qualify as a small but compelling work. Unfortunately, the larger worldly issues governing the relationship take over and the movie loses its balance as Farberbock finds himself unable to deepen his control over his material.

The focus on the intensity of the women's relationship shifts to one on the cruelty of human nature, specifically the heavy-handed actions of the Nazis. This places the work in a straitjacket.

The events of the script, by Farberbock and Rona Munro, impose an iron grip on a work that was free and unpredictable. Whether a function of the limited budget or Farberbock's inexperience, the scenes outside the relationship lack drive and power.

The film is technically impressive. The burnished color of Tony Imi's cinematography and Mathias Schwerbrock's production design contribute to the picture's sense of a dark, troubled past.

The beautiful, self-contained Schrader has a commanding presence as Jaguar; Kohler is bold in the more difficult part of Aimee.

AIMEE & JAGUAR

Senator Films

A Max Farberbock film

Producers: Gunter Rohrbach, Hanno Huth

Director-screenwriter: Max Farberbock

Screenwriter: Rona Munro

Based on the book by: Erica Fischer

Director of photography: Tony Imi

Editor: Barbara Hennings

Production designer: Mathias Schwerbrock

Costume: Barbara Baum

Music: Gerlinde Kunz, Gerhard Nemetz, Horst Allert

Color/stereo

Cast:

Felice ("Jaguar"): Maria Schrader

Lilly ("Aimee"): Juliane Kohler

Ilse: Johanna Wokalek

Klarchen: Heike Makatsch

Lotte: Elisabeth Degen

Gunther Wust: Detlev Buck

Older Lilly: Inge Keller

Older Ilse: Kyra Mladeck

Running time -- 131 minutes

No MPAA rating

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