Forbidden love

What happens when a closeted Israeli businessman falls for a hot German baker?

A man sitting at a table

Add this to your watchlist this award season…

The Cakemaker is written and directed by Ofir Raul Grazier and will be Israel’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film in the 91st Academy Awards.

It tells the story of Thomas, a young German baker, who engages in a romantic relationship with Oren, a closeted married Israeli man who visits Berlin often on business. When Oren dies in a car accident, Thomas travels to Jerusalem in hopes of finding answers about his death. While there, he develops a close relationship with Oren’s widow, Anat.

37-year-old Graizer, who is himself gay, says he wanted to explore the complexities of human sexuality and the unexpected relationships people often develop when they least expect it.

“People are complex,” he says. “I don’t know if Thomas is gay or straight or bi or whatever. I don’t know and I don’t care. He had such a strong feeling toward this guy, and this guy is taken away from him, and then he creates this strong connection with this woman, and for her it’s the same.”

Graizer continues: “This is what it’s about: this connection, this love, these genuine feelings which are transcending any definition or label or box.”

Watch the trailer for The Cakemaker below.