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The Cakemaker (2017)

Not Rated | | Drama | 28 December 2017 (Israel)
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A German pastry maker travels to Jerusalem in search of the wife and son of his dead lover.

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Ofir Raul Graizer

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Ofir Raul Graizer (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tim Kalkhof ... Thomas
Sarah Adler ... Anat Nachmias
Roy Miller ... Oren Nachmias
Zohar Shtrauss ... Moti (as Zohar Strauss)
Sandra Sade ... Hanna (as Sandra Sadeh)
Tamir Ben Yehuda Tamir Ben Yehuda ... Itai Nachmias (as Tomer Ben Yehuda)
Stephanie Stremler Stephanie Stremler ... Sophia
Tagel Eliyahu ... Dana
Eliezer Shimon Eliezer Shimon ... Avram (as Eliezer Lipa Shimon)
Gal Gonen Gal Gonen ... Client
Sagi Shemesh Sagi Shemesh ... Soldier
Iyad Msalma Iyad Msalma ... Swimming instructor
David Koren David Koren ... Swimmer (as David Heedye Koren)
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Storyline

Thomas, a young and talented German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who dies in a car crash. Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers. Keeping his secret for himself, he starts working for Anat, his lover's widow, who owns a small café. Although not fully kosher and despised by the religious, his delicious cakes turn the place into a city attraction. Finding himself involved in Anat's life in a way far beyond his anticipation, Thomas will stretch his lie to a point of no return. Written by Film Base Berlin

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Drama

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Country:

Israel | Germany

Language:

English | Hebrew | German

Release Date:

28 December 2017 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

El repostero de Berlín See more »

Filming Locations:

Jerusalem, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,384, 1 July 2018

Gross USA:

$875,751

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,287,568
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Israel for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »

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Referenced in KVIFF Guide: Episode #1.8 (2017) See more »

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Jour de Pluie
Written and performed by Dominique Charpentier
From The Cakemaker - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Sad and Lovely
16 January 2019 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

"The Cakemaker" is a gentle, sad film about a young German man who becomes infatuated with his deceased male lover and travels to Israel to be close to the lover's widow and child. He gets a job at a cafe run by the widow and the two of them strike up an uneasy romance of sorts -- both of them use the other as a proxy for the man who's no longer in either of their lives. Within this complicated emotional scenario, the film explores themes of cultural and religious prejudice and intolerance -- the German man has to overcome animosity and assumptions made about him by some of the Israeli characters while the widow has to contend with a different sort of prejudice because she's not religious and isn't "kosher" enough for some.

It's a very quiet and thoughtful film, and I really enjoyed its gentle rhythms. It's very much about grief and the human instinct to find people and things to keep alive the memories of those we've lost.

Grade: A-


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