Karlovy Vary, July, 11th, 2017 (SIGNIS/INTERFILM). At the 52nd International Film Festival Karlovy Vary, held from June 30 – July 8, 2017, the prize of the ecumenical jury went to The Cakemaker, directed by Ofir Raul Graizer (Israel, germany, 2017)

Summary: After the death of his lover, Thomas heads to Israel – the birthplace of the man he adored. Despite prejudice at his German origins he becomes the pastry chef at a local café owned by the widow of the deceased Oran. Yet she hardly suspects that the unnamed sorrow that connects her to the stranger is for one and the same man.

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 a new life.  It allows the viewer to connect to the most important of human values, something that overcomes all prejudices: love.

The members of the jury were Laura Lots, Switzerland (President), Ennio Terrasi Borghesan, Italy and Petr Vacík, Czech Republic