Claudia TomassiniWorld Premiere of Ofir Raul Graizer’s THE CAKEMAKER in Official Competition in Karlovy Vary

World Premiere of Ofir Raul Graizer’s THE CAKEMAKER in Official Competition in Karlovy Vary

The German-Israeli co-production THE CAKEMAKER by Ofir Raul Graizer has been selected for the official competition at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. It will have its world premiere on July 4th in Karlovy Vary´s Grand Hall.

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.

The film 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.

Ofir Raul Graizer is an Israeli film director and video artist. After working for years in different branches, from textiles to gastronomy, he went to study film in Sapir College, Sderot, in the south of Israel. During his studies, he directed several short films that were shown in numerous festivals and received worldwide acclaim. After his graduation he co-directed “La Discotheque” which was screened in Cannes Director’s Fortnight and other film festivals. In parallel, he was accepted for the Nipkow Program, Berlinale Talents, Agora Film Market and other film workshops. “The Cakemaker” is his first feature film. Currently he lives on the line of Berlin-Jerusalem-Uckermark, teaching middle eastern cuisine and developing his next film projects.

Ofir Raul Graizer relates to THE CAKEMAKER in a particular way: “Set in a melancholic yet vivid portrait of Jerusalem, and based on a personal experience, the film tells of characters who wish to put aside their definitions of nationality, sexuality and religion. It is a story full of love for people, life, food and cinema. It is my story“, Graizer pictures it.

Ofir Raul Graizer, Sarah Adler (Anat) and Tim Kalkhof (Thomas) will attend the 52nd Karlovy Vary Film Festival and are available for interview requests.