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Cafe Nagler

The director embarks on a journey following the story behind the famous, legendary "Café Nagler" – owned by her family during the 1920s in Berlin. Her grandmother follows the filming from Israel with great anticipation. However, the director discovers that the true story behind the café isn't as glamorous as her grandmother had always believed. Apparently, Café Nagler was just another café, lost in Berlin's history.
Unable to break her grandmother's heart, the director decides to recreate the myth of the café. She creates a fictional documentary, telling the story of the unforgettable Café Nagler.

  • Mor Kaplansky
  • Yariv Barel
  • Mor Kaplansky
  • Liran Atzmor
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  • Yariv Barel
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, comedy
  • Runtime:
    59 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 3, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    180,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, Israel
  • Language:
    English, German, Hebrew
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Berlinale

    February 16, 2016
  • Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, November 2016 Minsk International Film Festival, November 2016 Devour! The Food Film Fest, November 2016 Calgary Jewish Film Festival, November 2016 Molodist International Film Festival October 2016 La Costa International Film Festival October 2016 All Lights India International Film Festival, September 2016 AICE International Film Festival, September 2016 Detroit JFF, USA, May 2016 City Food & Film festival, Holland, May 2016 Filmmor Women's FF on Wheels, Turkey, May 2016 Dok.Fest Munich, Germany, May 2016 Filmmor Women's International Film Fesatival, Turkey, March 2016 Berlinale, Germany, February 2016 Official Selection: Berlinale- Culinary Cinema, February 2016
Distribution Information
  • Go2Films
Director Biography - Mor Kaplansky, Yariv Barel

As a child, Mor studied theater and music at the Tel Aviv school of Arts, moving to focus on film and music at high school. At the IDF Mor served as a graphic designer, after which she traveled around the world, working at various jobs, experiencing different cultures, for three years. Upon returning home, Mor studied for a BA in film and art at the Tel Aviv University. Following this, Mor worked as a line producer in various film and television productions. Wishing to concentrate on her writing and directing passions, Mor returned to the university and studied for an MFA in film. As her audition to film school, she wrote and directed a short film, "Vlog", which deals with the thin line between reality and fabrication in the virtual sphere. Vlog was screened at many acclaimed film festivals (BFI London Film Festival, Sao Paulo Short Film Festival and more.) Following this, Mor began developing her first full-length documentary, Café Nagler. Café Nagler, which deals with the emotional and cultural significance of our family mythologies, was co-produced with MDR\Arte and premiered at the 2016 Berlinale. Following this, the film was signed to German distribution with Edition Salzgeber, and is still being sold to more broadcasters worldwide. Café Nagler became a great critical and commercial success at Israeli cinemas, still running for its eleventh month.
From the press about Café Nagler:
"On the border between ‪‎memory‬ and ‪‎fantasy‬, reality and fiction balances the wonderful ‪‎documentary‬ Cafe Nagler from ‪Israel‬" (RBB Germany)‬‬‬‬
“A charming, funny and touching film about the way myths develop and grow during emigration.” (Indiekino)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
“A tender, beautiful and loving film, which subtly recalls the crucial part the German Jews once had within Berlin culture.” (Berliner Morgenpost)
“Café Nagler shows that the real adventures lies within the quest, not within the discovery!“ (Jüdische Allgemeine)
"Bold and fascinating… outstandingly made!" (Rivka Michaeli, Galatz)
"A film that is both original and surprising" (Nirit Anderman, Haaretz).
"Café Nagler" (Director, co-producer) - During the 1920s, Café Nagler was the hottest place in Berlin. The director embarks on a journey following the legendary café owned by her family, but gets caught in the gap between family myth and the historical facts.
(Documentary, 59 min. 2015)
Involved broadcasters: Keshet TV Israel, MDR/Arte, CBC Documentary Channel, SRC Radio Canada, RSI Switzerland, UR Sweden
Official Selection: Berlinale 2016

"Lychee" (co-director, co-writer, producer) - A peek into the relationship of a stubborn elderly woman and her stubborn small, elderly dog, Lychee.
Lychee is an animated dog.
(Fiction, 9 min. 2015)
Official Selection: Haifa International Film Festival.

"Vlog" (Co-director, co-writer, producer) – A teenage girl runs away from home, documenting her journey with her camcorder for her video-blog.
(Fiction, 8 min. 2010)
Official Selection: BFI London Film Festival, Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, New York International Children's Film Festival, Tampere Film Festival and more.

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