The richness of Israel at 70 will be in full view at the 15th annual Israeli Film Festival. The festival will feature five newly released films and two classics in honour of Israel’s 70th birthday and will be held in the new Arts Court Theatre at 2 Daly Avenue.
The festival opens on Thursday, May 24 with “The Cakemaker” which begins with a homosexual affair in Berlin between Thomas, a German baker and Oren, an Israeli businessman. After Oren’s accidental death, Thomas comes to Jerusalem to absorb what he can about his lover’s life and to meet Anat, the wife he had known vicariously through Oren’s stories of their intimacy. Not disclosing his connection to Oren, Thomas takes a job in Anat’s café and Thomas gradually slips into the life of his departed lover. The film explores how the dead can be embodied through the grief and attachment of the living. Director Ofir Raul Graizer lives in Berlin and visits Jerusalem frequently. A short film about David Ben-Gurion will also be screened. [Read more…]