Ofir Raul Graizer’s tender debut about Thomas, an acclaimed baker, finding himself enchanted by traveling salesman, Oren, who takes his coffee at Thomas’ bakery with increasing frequency.
The chocolate cake and delicate cinnamon cookies aren’t the only thing to delight in Ofir Raul Graizer’s tender and thoughtful debut, THE CAKEMAKER. Thomas, an acclaimed Berlin baker, finds himself enchanted by the friendly traveling salesman, Oren, who takes his morning coffee at Thomas’ bakery with increasing frequency. Oren and Thomas find themselves in an unexpected and passionate relationship, but all changes when Oren dies suddenly in a car crash back home in Jerusalem. The bereaved Thomas travels to Jerusalem to learn more about Thomas’ life, and in the process finds his widow, Anat, and their family. In Jerusalem Thomas begins working in the Kosher bakery operated by Oren’s widow, without revealing his previous relationship with Oren.
THE CAKEMAKER is a moving debut by Graizer and masterfully unfolds the tale of three complicated and passionate relationships split by cultures and geography. Graizer’s film is more than a love story, but a musing on contemporary German-Israeli relations and the present and past ghosts that haunt those relationships. Thomas’ private, meticulous approach to his pastries contrasts with the religious and communal traditions that shape Oren and Anat’s culinary traditions in Jerusalem. In THE CAKEMAKER, food is not only the bridge between cultures,butthe bond connecting lives in the midst of change and loss.
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The Way OUT West Film Festival returns to Albuquerque Friday, Oct. 12 to Thursday, Oct. 18. Formerly known as the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, this international showcase for features, documentaries and shorts has been running since 2003. The opening night Showcase Film (playing Oct. 12 at 7pm) is Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary Studio 54, which charts the rise and fall of New York’s legendarily hedonistic disco hotspot Studio 54. That’s followed (at 9:30pm) by a screening of John Waters’ 1981 cult film Polyester, starring Divine and Tab Hunter. The closing night film (Oct. 18 at 8:45pm) is Ondi Timoner’s biopic Mapplethrope, starring Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”) as the controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. In between you can choose international dramas like Eva + Candela (Cómo te Llamas?) from Colombia, documentaries like the feminist filmmaker chronicle Dykes, Camera, Action! and queer comedies such as the French rom-com Kiss Me! The popular shorts compilations “Fun in Girl’s Shorts” and “Where the Boys Are” also make a return appearance. Tickets are $11 per film or $9 for Way OUT West members. Four-film punchcards run $40, eight-film punchcards are $75, and $125 gets you a full festival pass. All screenings take place at Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE). For a complete schedule of films and times, go to wayoutwestfilmfest.com.