Karlovy Vary International Filmfestival 2017: Ecumenical Jury Award for THE CAKEMAKER by Ofir Raul Graizer
Berlin, July 8, 2017. The Ecumenical Jury award in Karlovy Vary went to THE CAKEMAKER by Ofir Raul Graizer. The jury said: “With a gentle approach, the film portrays a journey towards acceptance and the pursuit of love. The unique bond formed between the characters strengthens a healing process that brings them a new life. It allows the viewer to connect to the most important of human values, something that overcomes all prejudices: love.”
THE CAKEMAKER tells about Thomas, a young German baker. Thomas 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 the life of Anat, his lover’s newly widowed wife, who owns a small Café in downtown Jerusalem. Thomas starts to work for her, creating German cakes and cookies that bring her Café to life. Thomas finds himself involved in Anat’s life in a way far beyond his anticipation. To protect the truth he will stretch his lie to a point of no return.
The prize of the ecumenical jury is an independent film award for feature films at major international film festivals since 1973. The objective of the award is to "honour works of artistic quality which witnesses to the power of film to reveal the mysterious depths of human beings through what concerns them, their hurts and failings as well as their hopes."
THE CAKEMAKER, which was shot in Berlin and Jerusalem, is the first feature film of Berlin based Israeli director, artist and writer Ofir Raul Graizer.