section Feature Film Competition


  • Ofir Raul Graizer
  • IL/DE/CZ
  • 2022
  • 115 min

A swimming teacher who has emigrated to the USA returns to Israel after the death of his unloved father. Filmed in rich colors, with strong actors and literally flowery interiors, the director of "The Cakemaker" succeeds in creating a wonderful, highly emotional melodrama.

Israeli director Ofir Raul Graizer has lived in Berlin for 12 years now; there he makes films and has even published a cookbook. As in his acclaimed debut film “The Cakemaker”, “America” again demonstrates his sure instinct for sensual cinema combined with tales of Israeli emigration. On this occasion the central figure is Eli, who has long broken with his past and today lives in the USA. Once a successful swimmer he now, as a swimming instructor, wants to teach only children who suffer from anxiety and difficulties. When forced to go to Israel for personal reasons he unintentionally triggers off a drama that proves unsettling for all involved and yet, at the same time, brings them closer together. The colours, shapes and idiosyncrasies of flowers prove tone-setting here in far more than a mere metaphorical sense.
Ofir Raul Graizer likes to place a heavy burden on his characters, as he concedes in an interview with Variety magazine: “Life is full of things we cannot control. As a filmmaker and writer, I am a bit of a sadist. I like putting my characters in these terrible situations, because they force you to confront who you are. There are feelings of guilt and shame and responsibility that come with it. …When something violent and unexpected happens, it changes everything. It’s something I relate to and something I am afraid of.”
Text: Jörg Taszman
English: Peter Rickerby

Director Ofir Raul Graizer will be present at all screenings for a film talk after the film.

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original title America

international title America

german title America

JFBB section Feature Film Competition

  • director Ofir Raul Graizer

country/countries IL/DE/CZ

year 2022

duration 115 min

Portrait of Ofir Raul Graizer

Ofir Raul Graizer

BIO Ofir Raul Graizer is an Israeli film director, screenwriter, producer and editor. Graizer graduated from Sapir College in Sderot, Israel. He directed several short films that were shown in festivals, including Cannes and Clermont Ferrand. He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents. He lives between Israel, Germany and the United States, and works internationally.