Ruth Caudeli’s debut EVA + CANDELA is a thoughtful and beautifully orchestrated exploration of a couple striving to build an unconventional relationship free of the inevitable pains of transformation, longing, and dissatisfaction. Eva (Silvia Varón) is a passionate and ambitious actress who meets the equally strong willed Candela (Alejandra Lara) on a film set. The two are drawn together by their shared professional ambitions, magnetic chemistry, and desire to build a relationship impenetrable to the effects of the outside world and the monotony they look down on in ‘conventional’ couples.
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, but the bond connecting lives in the midst of change and loss.