On screen: black for­est gâteau and may­on­naise

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

The UK In­ter­na­tional Jewish Film Fes­ti­val opens next week and, as you’d ex­pect from a se­lec­tion of Jewish films, a cer­tain amount of on-screen eat­ing goes on. Here are my three picks for foodie film­go­ers.

For view­ing times and venues visit www.uk­jew­ish­film.org

BIT­TER­SWEET LOVE story, The Cake­maker, is set amidst the de­li­cious cakes and cook­ies of Ger­man patis­serie chef Thomas (Tim Halkhof ). Mar­ried Is­raeli busi­ness­man, Oren (Roy Allen) vis­its the Berlin café where Thomas works, orders a black for­est gâteau and falls in love with cake and baker. They start an af­fair, but Oren is killed in an ac­ci­dent in his na­tive Jerusalem and griev­ing Thomas heads to Is­rael where he finds work in the kosher cafe owned by Oren’s widow, Anat (Sarah Adler).

Very mov­ing.

IS­RAELI RO­MAN­TIC com­edy, And Then She Ar­rived fo­cuses on the love life of 30-year old foot­ball-crazy, lawyer, Dan Freilich. There is a clear con­trast be­tween the bland chicken soup served by his med­dling mother, to the de­li­cious spicy, snacks made by the mother of Kur­dish wait­ress, Meirav, whom he is de­fend­ing in court. It’s a per­fect ex­am­ple of the Sephardi/Askhenazi di­vide. Will fiery Meirav and her colour­ful cui­sine steal Dan’s heart from more glam­orous fi­ancee, Tamar — tak­ing re­la­tion­ship ad­vice from Dan’s mother?

MON­SIEUR MAY­ON­NAISE cov­ers far more than the French egg and oil based condi­ment. Phillipe Mora nar­rates a his­tory of his an­ces­tors’ ex­pe­ri­ences with the Nazis. Fa­ther, Ge­orges Mora (nick­named Mon­sieur May­on­naise) worked with the French Re­sis­tance, smug­gling Jewish chil­dren into Switzer­land. His in­ge­nious trick was to hide doc­u­ments, wrapped in wax pa­per and lib­er­ally smoth­ered in may­on­naise be­tween two pieces of bread. Know­ing how much the Nazis hated to dirty their im­mac­u­late gloves, he and his fel­low fight­ers gam­bled on them be­ing too squea­mish to dis­man­tle the snacks. A poignant doc­u­men­tary. Fall in love with Thomas’s cook­ies in The Cake­maker

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