‘The Cakemaker’ rises March 10 as OUT at the Movies screening
Following successful screenings of The Fabulous Allan Carr in January and Rebels on Pointe earlier this month, Winston-Salem’s International LGBT Film Festival OUT at the Movies series keeps on rolling, with writer/producer/director Ofir Raul Graizer’s acclaimed drama The Cakemaker scheduled for March 10 at the ACE Exhibition Complex, on the main campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking in Winston-Salem.
The film stars Tim Kalkhof as the title character, a German baker named Thomas. When he meets Oren (Roy Miller), an Israeli businessman, and they begin an illicit affair that sees them setting up house together in Jerusalem – not far from where Oren lives with his wife Anat (Sarah Adler) and child.
When Oren unexpectedly perishes in a car accident, the grief-stricken Thomas takes it upon himself to insinuate himself in Anat’s life – without divulging his actual connection to her late husband. But as the two begin their own relationship, Thomas’ lies loom ever larger – threatening to consume them all.
At the 2017 Jerusalem Film Festival, The Cakemaker won the Lia Van Leer Award, the festival’s statement called the film: “An original, beautifully acted story with a sensitive approach to mourning and loneliness, the complexities of love and family, religion and food traditions, and the sweetness the nourishes our souls”, and the Haggiag award for Michal Oppenheim’s editing, with a nomination as Best Israeli Feature.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival nominated The Cakemaker as Best Film, and won the Ecumenical Jury Award, with the statement, “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 new life. It allows the viewer to connect to the most important of human values, something that overcomes all prejudices: love.”
Reviewing the film for Variety at Karlovy Vary, Guy Lodge called it “a tender, tactile, and just-sweet-enough story of hidden love, challenged faith, and unwittingly shared grief that marks an auspicious feature debut for Israeli writer/director Ofir Raul Grazier … (the film) works a complex range of social and religious tensions into its heart-sore narrative, without ever feeling sanctimonious or button-pushing. This moving, broadly accessible blend of old-school melodrama, contemporary identity politics, and buttery gastro-porn should sell like, well, hotcakes on the international festival circuit.”
That there have been three “OUT at the Movies” screenings in as many months is both by design and happenstance, according to Rex Welton, co-founder and director of the OUT at the Movies festival and screening series – particularly in the case of Rebels on Pointe, Bobbi Jo Hart’s award-winning documentary about the New York-based, all-male ballet dance troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, which happened to be performing at Davidson College the same weekend.
“Our regular series screening is every other month,” Welton explains. “We had the opportunity to screen Rebels on Pointe in February and welcome three of the Trockaderos to town, so we ended up with screenings for three consecutive months. Our next screening will take place on May 12. We used to screen a series film every month, but adopted an every-other-month schedule after our first festival in 2014.”
Regarding the selection of The Cakemaker, “(it) was recommended by Nate Faustyn of Strand Releasing, a source of films for our series and festival. Nate sent me a screener, and I really liked it! We have a programming/selection committee for our festival, but I choose most of the films for our series.”
This year marks the 15th year of the OUT at the Movies screening series, and “the fact that our film series is still around after almost 15 years is satisfying, especially since all began with what was envisioned to be a one-time screening,” says Welton. “We are thrilled that, as of last month, BB&T has become the presenting sponsor of our series, as well as our festival.”
The fifth annual OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Fest is also set for Oct. 4-7, and submissions are already arriving. Sponsorships are available beginning at $100, and festival passes are available for $75. (You can learn all the details at www.outatthemovieswinston.org.)
The Cakemaker is in English, German, and Hebrew with English subtitles.
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The Cakemaker will be screened 7 pm Saturday, March 10 at the ACE Exhibition Complex on the main campus of UNCSA School of Filmmaking, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, followed by a Q&A moderated by School of Dance dean Susan Jaffe. Tickets are $8. For advance tickets or more information, call 336.918.0902 or visit the official OUT at the Movies website: https://outatthemovieswinston.org/.