21.07 / Screening

Otkritie x Strelka Film Festival. THE CAKEMAKER

An Israeli drama about self-identification through religion, sexuality, nationality, and place

A young German confectioner named Thomas and a married Israeli man named Oren met in Berlin and fall in love. They have kept the love affair a secret. When one of the lovers dies in a car accident in Israel, Thomas decides to visit his family to find out what happened. He moves to Israel and takes a job in a small cafe owned by Oren's wife without revealing his true story. The action moves between Berlin and Jerusalem, between the east and west, the past and the present. A conflict between religion and secularism makes the protagonist doubt his choice and look differently at his love experience, and working in the confectionery becomes a way to reconcile with reality.

‘The Cakemaker’ is the debut film from Israeli director Ofir Raul Graiser. It was selected for screening in the contest program at the festival in Karlovy Vary this year. ‘This is a story full of love for people, life, food and cinema, it's a personal story,’ comments the director.

The Russian premiere of the film will be held as part of the Second International Otkritie x Strelka Film Festival, supported by Otkritie Bank and MasterCard. The programme includes Russian and Moscow premieres of films from different countries selected by curator Stas Tyrkin. Winners of and participants in international competitions, including festivals in Cannes and Toronto, and the Russian Kinotavr and Dvijenie festivals, will be presented in a series of ten film screenings.

The curator of the film festival is Stas Tyrkin: film critic, member of the Moscow International Film Festival selection committee, program director of the Dvijenie festival and curator of the cinema course at the Gogol Center.

The technical partner of the Otkritie x Strelka Film Festival, with the support of Otkritie Bank and MasterCard, is the Kinoproekt company.

Content suitable for viewers over the age of 18.

German with Russian subtitles
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